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The Being

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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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  • 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:
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2XA6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Being" on IMDb

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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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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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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". Warning to all: this movie is so bad that its Hilarious! Obviously filmed during the time after Landau starred in "Space" and before "Tucker" and must have REALLY needed the money because this movie is pure crap. BUT, if you love laughing at classic "B-movie" fodder then you'll love this movie. Here are some examples of what I mean from the movie:
1. Random person running from something (in daylight)cut to them in a junk yard (now suddenly night time) getting into a random car and starting it up (keys in car and it still runs even though its in a junk yard) then drives off. Suddenly "the Being" is on the roof of car, punches its hand through the roof of car and tears drivers head off, car crashes. Cut to cops talking about incident as car gets towed off there's (No hole in the ceiling) of said car?
2. Main star of movie (terrible actor playing cop) goes home and pulls covers off his bed to find (green Jello) under covers. Being comes out from under bed to get guy. Guy runs outside (night time) and runs for the train tracks hoping to elude "the Being" crosses train tracks and train speeds by. Cut to guy on the ground (now suddenly day time) as he looks down the street to nothing there. Apparently "the Being" is afraid of trains.
3. Martin Landau on some news program trying to sell the fact that pouring "Nuclear Waste" into the drinking water will "NOT" contaminate it.....really!?!
4. Ruth Buzzi's death scene (reason alone for watching movie). Let me just say, the woman has some MOUTH on her...
5. Terrible actor Cop and Kenny Rogers ex-wife walking down the street.
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