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The Being

Written by Jackie Kong

Directed by Jackie Kong

1981 - Cybelle Productions

Rated: R

Cast: Ruth Buzzi, José Ferrer. Martin Landau. Dorothy Malone. Bill Osco.

Eclectic Rating: stars

Movie Review:

Ah, Fleetwood Mac on the car radio and doing donuts in a 1976 "Olds" Cutlass Supreme. Those were the days. I did donuts in my old Mustang once. In the snow. In reverse. A friend who was with me at the time thought it would be fun and told me too go for it.

After half of a would-be successful loop we slid backwards into a tree. We didn't hit hard enough to do any significant damage, just hard enough to startle us and then make us bust a gut laughing. A cop, who had been watching my stupid antics from the deli parking lot across the street, pulled up moments afterward and motioned for me to roll down my window. My friend sank in the passenger seat. I gulped, and obeyed. He leveled a gaze at me, not unlike a gaze Sam Elliot might level, and simply asked, "Did you learn your lesson?"

"Yes Sir." I replied.

"Good. Don't do that again. Now get the hell out of here."

We did.

This is a weird frickin' movie. A cross between your classic drive-in creature feature and some psychedelic Wizard of Oz stuff. Ruth Buzzi flying on a broomstick with blood coming from her eyes? I've heard of weird dream sequences but what the hell is that all about? Funny in a zany way. The whole movie is strange. And slow.

The lead character is painfully boring too, most of the time. In the end he redeems himself when he gets to fight it out with The Being. I've never seen a monster blow up without any kind of explosive charge. None. In Jaws, for example, it's the oxygen in the scuba tank and the bullet. I'm not even sure there's enough oxygen in a scuba tank to explode, but it's something. In The Being this cyclopean thing gets chopped up, doused with some kind of acid, and then it blows up. Crazy.

Speaking of cyclopean... you know how sometimes they'll flip the frame horizontally and reuse the same scene so it just looks like its a different angle? Doesn't really work the same when your chief creature has one offset eyeball in its head.

The Being is your typical low-budget 80s, gross-out, fun, and often unintentionally humorous, creaure feature horror movie. Worth watching for any horror fan worth his or her salt.

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Last Update: 30 May, 2019

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