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The Being (1983)

Martin Landau , Marianne Gordon , Jackie Kong  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Landau, Marianne Gordon, Bill Osco, José Ferrer, Dorothy Malone
  • Directors: Jackie Kong
  • Writers: Jackie Kong
  • Producers: Bill Osco, Kent Perkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2XA6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Being" on IMDb

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Starring Martin Landau (Ed Wood) and Ruth Buzzy Directed by Jackie Kong (Blood Diner) An evil Being lurks in the local disposal dump attacking all in its wake. The Being, a genetic freak driven psychotic by radiation waste, mutilates and decapitates. Th

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The first thing I noticed as the opening credits rolled for The Being (1983) were the names Martin Landau (Ed Wood), José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac), and Dorothy Malone (Written on the Wind) and I thought to myself, "Wow, three Oscar winning actors appearing in the same film? I certainly can't go wrong here, right?"...and then I got a look at the rest of the cast...Rexx Coltrane aka Bill Osco (Night Patrol, The Underachievers), former Mrs. Kenny Rogers Marianne Gordon (The Legend of Blood Mountain), Murray `The Unknown Comic' Langston (Skatetown, U.S.A., Night Patrol), Ruth Buzzi ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", Skatetown, U.S.A.), Kent Perkins (Night Patrol, Breeders), and Kinky Friedman, whose song "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed" earned him the title of `Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year' in 1974, from the group NOW...this doesn't look good...oh, and look, Jackie Kong (Night Patrol, The Underachievers, Blood Diner) is credited as not only the director, but also the writer. I guess it helps to get gigs like this when the producer is your husband and star (Rexx Coltrane aka Bill Osco), and also a member of the family that owns the national chain of Osco Drug stores (cha-ching!).

As the movie begins we find ourselves in the sleepy town of Pottsville, Idaho, better known as Spudtown U.S.A. A voice over comes up and tells us there's been a series strange and unexplained events recently, right around the time the gooberment started dumping toxic waste just outside of town...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "being"so bad it's good March 15, 2006
Format:DVD
i have to be fair this is really a fun movie to me. it's cheesey, and just bad, but i think it's the funniest movie i have seen in a while. martin landau still years away from oscar gold in "ed wood" must have really needed a job to even be seen in this one, and i'm sure he really loves the fact that thanks to dvd we can see the movie in all it's cleaned up widescreen glory.

oh kay here we go , the town of pottisville, idaho has been having some problems of late. it seems like after the toxic nuclear waste dump came to town strange things have been happening like, people go missing, it rains a lot, thunders a lot, a women runs around in her robe calling for "mike" or something like that,ruth buzzi becomes the mayors wife, a porn shop maybe opening up on main street, kenny rogers wife works at a dinner, the cheif of police is so bad an actor that they have to have james keach the brother of stacy, husband of "dr. quinn", and producer of "walk the line" dub his lines, and, well you get the idea, things are bad.

WOW, now you know as much as i did when i saw it we think, but don't know, that mike or what ever his name is, is now our monster, maybe.?? really thats about it but for some reason i find this movie so very funny that i'm laughing as i type this review. nothing about this film is good, but it is funny because of that. everyone acts like they think this might really be good.

well you have been warned, but if you give it a chance, in the right frame of mind this is a very funny horror movie, just have fun with it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A schlocky good time!!! September 18, 2005
By Brian
Format:DVD
This, believe it or not, is one of the very earliest exposures I had to horror movies. It's not a big budget blockbuster, nor is it the type of movie that tries to be anything more than what it is. "The Being," simply put, is an old school 1950's style creature feature made with early 1980's sensibilities. Want some decapitations and an assorted array of dismembered body parts? Wanna' see a gaggle of washed up actors chew some scenery? Well settle in, buckaroos, because you'll find all that and more in this groovy little production!

We start things off in the sleepy town of Pottsville, Idaho. A gruesomely evil creature with lots of sharp teeth is lurking around the town's disposal dump, driven mad by toxic waste, and picking off wary residents left and right. The mayor turns a blind eye to all this, and it soon falls upon the dynamic duo of Sheriff Rexx Coltrane, and resident scientist, the legendary Martin Landau, to kill the nasty critter.

I have waited years for this nifty little gem to hit DVD. It's a guilty pleasure for me, if nothing else. And, if you're not all that demanding, you may find something to enjoy with it too. Of course, it helps matters more if you happen to savor affectionately made B-movies like this. So, be forewarned. "Gone With The Wind" this ain't. Just grab yourself some popcorn, sit back, and put your brain on hold!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY EASTER August 15, 2011
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The movie opens up with an unnecessary radio broadcast and monologue to explain the film. A boy, fleeing from the creature and driving a car is killed by "The Being." This isn't just any killing. The Being enters the car by tearing a hole in the roof. He rips the kid's head off. After the head is gone, the boy is still struggling against the monster. Afterwards as they tow the car away, there is no hole in the roof.

The sheriff runs away from the Being, and it is pitch black outside. He crosses some RR tracks to elude the creature, then suddenly the sun is up.

Ruth Buzzi plays "the church lady" who runs an anti-pornography campaign to keep smut out of Pottsville, Idaho a community overrun with radioactive contamination and a killer mutant. And yes the movie has "the" Dorothy Malone.

Martin Landau plays a scientist who supports dumping of nuclear waste into the drinking water. The movie has no idea of 10CFR20 limitations on dumping as Landau throws around terms which he is clueless as to what they mean. 96 rads is somehow equated to "over 900 millirads." Actually 96 Rads is 96,000 millirads.

There are horror movies for most calendar events, Christmas, Valentine's Day, summer vacation, New Year's Eve, Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc. This is the only non-religious horror movie I can think of that centers around Easter, so don't forget to include this one with your Easter theme movies. "We can fix that quicker than God makes poor folks," was one corny line used in the story. The sole Mexican (uncredited)in the film was called, "Taco" and was generally hounded by the police.

Token drive-in nudity, brief drive-in sex, drug use, ridiculous amounts of blood, no f-bombs. Should be a cult classic on the order of "Basket Case." Yes, 4 stars
is overrated, but I am using a cult movie scale, which is a mirror image of the classic scale. 2 stars for non-cult fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad!
Published 22 days ago by douglas king
3.0 out of 5 stars Panic In Potato-land!...
It seems that radioactive sludge has been dumped directly into the water supply of Pottsville, Idaho, causing THE BEING to arise and seek human prey! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh GOD
My only complaint about this film is that the two fingered hands on "The Being" become comically rapey after a while. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good low budget movie
This movie I'd seen years ago always wanted a more modern reboot of its dark almost comedic moments that can't be taken too seriously though fun to watch. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Raymond St. Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: The Being
Idaho. "The Gem State." Major exports: Potatoes, lumber, and TERROR! The radioactive waste that is being dumped into the town's water supply has taken form as The Being, a mutant... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carl Manes
1.0 out of 5 stars The Being
This was a terrible movie and the only reason I bought it was I was an extra in it. My sister-in-law was the 2nd A.D. on the film. It was good for a laugh.

Doug
Published on December 7, 2011 by Douglas Dillenberger
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't help but laugh...
I got this movie for one reason and one reason alone, Martin Landau! I'm a huge fan and loved him in Space:1999, Mission:Impossible etc... so I purchased "The Being". Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by Erik M. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Being a monster
One the best low-budget horror film. Effects are not bad for its time. Directed by the great Jackie Kong, the guy who gave us Blood Diner.
Published on March 18, 2008 by George Carabetsos
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible and not in a good way
When it comes to cult movies you'll be hard pressed to find a bigger fan than me. While I do enjoy mainstream movies ever since I was a child I always favored cult flicks. Read more
Published on December 5, 2007 by Dave. K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic B-Horror with Martin Landau!!
The Being is not a great movie. It's not even a really good movie. But as an absolutely enjoyable, laugh-aloud funny, cheesy B-level horror movie, this is possibly unbeatable!! Read more
Published on January 28, 2007 by CalgaryAlphan
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