THE BEING (1983) Reviews and Code Red Blu-ray release news

 

The Being will be reissued on Blu-ray by Code Red via Kino Lorber on June 8th 2021. The film was scanned in 2K from original vault elements in 2017. Special features:

Audio commentary by director Jackie Kong
Audio commentary by actor Johnny Dark
Theatrical trailer

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

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‘The ultimate terror has taken form’

The Being is a 1983 released American science-fiction horror film written and directed by Jackie Kong (Blood Diner). It was produced by William Osco who also plays the local detective. Filmed in 1980 as Easter Sunday the movie remained unreleased for three years.

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The movie stars Martin Landau (Ed WoodThe ReturnAlone in the Dark), José Ferrer (Crash!The Sentinel; Bloody Birthday), Marianne Gordon, Dorothy Malone, and Ruth Buzzi.

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Plot:

Pottsville, Idaho: Town scientist Doctor Garson Jones (Landau) is attempting to persuade the local media and populace that dumping radiation into the water supply is not dangerous.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s wife (Buzzi) is head of the Sweeper Committee for Stamping Out Smut and enlists Doctor Jones to join their campaign. He readily agrees, informing a TV interviewer that “this is the kind of contamination we really have to worry about”.

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However, an evil being is lurking in the local disposal dump attacking all in its wake. The being is a genetic freak driven psychotic by radiation waste that mutilates and decapitates its victims…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s an unbridled mess of a movie that gets sillier with each passing scene, and despite a solid cast (with the exception of Bill Osco, who is jaw-droppingly awful as the heroic detective Lutz), The Being has far too many goofy moments for us to take any of it seriously.” DVD Infatuation

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The Being wins as being great b-movie fun in that it maintains a good pace and has a little something for every permutation of low budget horror taste. No one “acts” for too long, the unintentional laughs do not languish and the gore is lit so you can’t tell how much they spent on it.” The Loft Cinema

“Kong, making her debut in the writing and directing departments, is kidding the pants off the genre she’s working in while serving up pleasing helpings of gore and gratuitous nudity; she’s also not bad in establishing appropriate atmospherics — the shots of low-hanging storm clouds hovering over a small rural community are ominously suggestive.” eFilmCritic.com

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“With decapitations, a heart ripped out of some poor redneck cop’s chest, all kinds of cheesy blood galore, a lengthy flopping boob shot, priceless dialogue, a plot that’s beyond incoherent, and arguably the worst daytime/nighttime continuity ever to (dis)grace a film, grindhouse cinema is rarely as fun as The Being.” Cinema Knife Fight

“Ultimately, The Being manages an odd, offbeat quality despite its familiarity […] The movie is nuts, but you’re never quite laughing along with it, nor is it ever delightfully trippy enough to land among the all-time greats in the gorehouse canon.” Oh, the Horror!

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Cast and characters:

Martin Landau … Garson Jones
Marianne Gordon … Laurie
Bill Osco … Mortimer Lutz (as Rexx Coltrane)
José Ferrer … Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)
Dorothy Malone … Marge Smith
Ruth Buzzi … Virginia Lane
Murray Langston … Arn
Kinky Friedman … Willis
Johnny Dark … John
Kent Perkins … Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake … Jenny
Roxanne Osco … Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren … Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland … Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson … Doper #2

Filming locations:

Boise and Meridian, Idaho

Filming dates:

6th August 1980 – 7th November 1980

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