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Title: The Being
Post by: Andrew on February 10, 1999, 08:55:16 PM
Nuclear waste and a cover-up protecting the interests of "Big Potato" results in a mutant creature terrorizing Idaho.

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Title: The Being
Post by: Steve on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
God help me...Not only have I seen this film, I OWN IT!!!
It is hysterical!  And where did they get these name actors?
Ruth Buzzi (anyone remember the LOST SAUCER?)and Martin Landau (pre-Oscar)must have been visiting family in Idaho, or maybe this is the punishment/community service actors must do when caught for a crime.  I give this movie 4's definitely Cheesy P. Martini!
Seek out other no-name backyard efforts like THE CHILDREN (black-fingernailed kids equal flesh-searing horror...well, not really)  and NIGHT BEAST (all lizard aliens wear silver plastic workout suits, it's a law...)for an equally funny beer night.

Title: The Being
Post by: john page on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
  The best movie ever to come out of ..... o.k. the best reason never to let people on drugs make movies! Star's acting was so bad that they had to dub in voice later. That's James Keach husband of Jane Seymore "Dr. Quinn" by the way!! Any movie that starts in the middle you have to know is not going to be " Gone With The Wind"! But any movie that kills Ruth Buzzi can't be all bad. Love the star jumping on nail and limping for 3 seconds and then never having any more pain or limp!!

Title: The Being
Post by: Dan (Trevor the Rat) on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Very Slow movie with a bucnh of rednecks being terrorized by a certain "Being".  watching this movie and seeing the mother who romes the streets looking for her lost kid got me thinking that her "lost kid" had become the "Being" from being exposed to the toxic waste and such and we'd have another "monster is really a young and innocent creature that's scared and confused story" but no it couldn't be something original it was some stupid gremlin looking dude with a pickle for a head and an eye at the top of that pickle. no big ending not gonna waste my time describing it. but the telling of the monster the f**k off was great. heheheh........yesiree bob........MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!

Title: The Being
Post by: Dr. Maniac on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
   This movie will live forever as an example of just how far some actors will go for a paycheque.  Jose Ferrer (CYRANO DE BERGERAC, J'ACCUSE, etc) playing a smalltown mayor who says things like "I've got ten tons of the best spuds in the county."  Dorothy Malone (THE LAST VOYAGE) as a depraved mother who still loves her son even though he mutated into a flesh eating, cyclopean mutant.  Ruth Buzzi . . .okay so her downward career spiral wasn't really THAT far; but what was the deal with that dream scene where she appeared as a witch?  Actually Jose sank even lower when he starred in DRACULA'S DOG not too long after this.
   Some people have compared this movie to THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.  Why?  During the scene where the monster is running wild (slithering wild?) in the warehouse it looks like someone stuck a glycerin covered prop in a shopping cart and pushed it around.
   Oh well, this movie is SO unbelievably gonzo it is fun.  All the outrageous elements actually work in its favour.  That is probably the reason why I bought the videocasette.

Title: The Being
Post by: yannick on September 18, 2005, 08:03:21 PM
Its now out on dvd , and its great

Title: The Being
Post by: AkiraTubo on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I like this movie.  There is no rhyme nor reason to it but, I like it.  The monster is creepier on old, dim VHS copies.  The DVD restoration is so good you can *actually see what's going on*.  Too bad, since the final confrontation in the cyanide storage facility(???) actually creeped me out in olden days, what with the almost-competent shots of the being's eyeball darting back and forth in the dark.  Now that I can actually see the being, it's just a really stupid looking monster.

Title: The Being
Post by: Torgo on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I picked this up on DVD not too long ago. They actually remastered it in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen if you can believe that!

but it's listed as being rated R and I had heard rumors of a gorier unrated cut that made the rounds on VHS. But my VHS copy doesn't have a rating on it and seems to be the exact same as the DVD copy.

Anyone have info on this?

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Torgo on January 05, 2007, 10:53:42 PM
I have found out that the version on DVD that's rated R is actually the full uncut version of the film.

The picture quality is not too shabby as they actually took the time to give it a full anamorphic widescreen treatment.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Ash on January 06, 2007, 10:55:59 AM
There was a thread on this board about being quoted on the back of the DVD.
I've tried looking for it and even searched elsewhere online but can't find it.

Can any of you find the box art for The Being DVD?
(the reverse side)
Or, try to find the thread here on this board that actually has a picture of the box art.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Andrew on January 06, 2007, 11:08:11 AM
DVD Empire usually has shots of the back of the cases.  You can see the one for "The Being" here:

(click on the text under the cover image to see the back)

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Mr_Vindictive on January 06, 2007, 02:58:08 PM
I have this on VHS which I'm currently selling.  (See buy/sell/trade board)

I need to remember to pick it up on DVD.  It's been a long time since I've watched my VHS copy and I'd love to see it on DVD.  Hopefully the transfer isn't as dark as the VHS.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Andrew on January 06, 2007, 03:36:24 PM
It has been a while since I watched the DVD, but I remember it being a big improvement over the VHS (not a dub) that I had.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Phantazm on January 06, 2007, 11:38:59 PM
Ruth Buzzi (anyone remember the LOST SAUCER?)

With Jim Nabors, right?  Yeah, I remember why in the name of God did you have to remind me?  Couldn't you have mentioned Jonathan Harris in "Space Academy" instead?  Now that was classic sci-fi!  *ahem*

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Torgo on January 09, 2007, 10:40:49 PM
It has been a while since I watched the DVD, but I remember it being a big improvement over the VHS (not a dub) that I had.

This is one of my personal favorite bad movies. I realize that it's completely painful for most people to sit through, but I've always found it to be a hoot.

I particularly like the part in which The Being is "hiding" in Mortimer's bed at his place.

That and the whole "I got it"  "I'll go call the Mayor" exchange is script writing at its best.


Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on January 24, 2007, 03:45:34 AM
It seems to me like a good portion of that movie is intentional humor disguised to seem unintentional.  I mean, the drive-in scene almost as a whole is a great example.  The film outright mocks itself right there, plus the whole scene with the hippie.  God, I love this movie. 

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Justin on August 24, 2007, 10:59:39 AM
I enjoyed this classic & am glad to have it in my collection.

Thanks to this site for helping me remember the name of this hilariously bad movie.  uy

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Ken Begg on November 11, 2007, 10:00:30 PM
This is what actually happened to the Toxic Avenger, before Hollywood prettied the whole thing up.  I saw the real story on VH1's "Behind the Monster."

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Flangepart on November 12, 2007, 11:49:37 AM
Its part of a three pack. And yes, is printed on the back!
If thats a compliment or not, you decide.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Trevor on November 14, 2007, 03:13:45 AM

"Don't tell a monster to f**k off. Just don't."   :teddyr:

Thanks for the smile, Andrew.  :thumbup:

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: horror freak on November 15, 2007, 05:23:15 AM
 :buggedout: never seen it but i heard it was weird in a good way...
saw a new film called black sheep and thats funny as hell even though it is good how they made it...  :teddyr:

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Giant Claw Jr on June 24, 2009, 11:28:57 PM
Only from IDAHO do you get the GIANT MUTANT SPUD MONSTER Well IDAHO is still a god conservative state and should stick to its potatos

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Griffin Dunne on September 15, 2009, 11:49:59 PM
This is, without a doubt, the WORST film I have ever seen in a theater. Saw this with a bunch of fellow drunken high schoolers when it came out in the early 80s and we raised so much hell while watching it that we were thrown out. There was ONE other person in the theater (besides us) and he was actually attempting to absorb the intricacies of the plot! The bozo actually reported us to management 5 times before we were finally given the heave-ho with about 10 minutes left.

What sticks out the most about this film was the scene in which the cameraman actually tripped while following a character up the stairs! Oh, and I distinctly recall a scene featuring a boom mic.

Other than all of that, great flick!

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: hellbilly on September 16, 2009, 04:33:35 AM
I'm always on the fence with this one. Some times I really enjoy it, other times I just roll my eyes. The problem for me is there aren't enough good bad moments to even things out. The DVD is still a keeper though, for nostalgic reasons.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: WildHoosier09 on July 29, 2010, 10:36:37 PM
Saw this movie at a party once.  Utterly hilarious.  I'm somewhat surprised in this review (though I know space is tight and this movie meanders like crazy) there wasn't anything about the whole "anti-porn" aspect of the picketers which I remember taking up a hell of alot more time in the movie than it should have and it was funny as hell.  It almost seemed like this was being pressed upon as some kind-of lazy attempt at making a point about society as a whole.  Their beef apparently is a "massage parlor" is moving into town so they're going around trying to get people to give a damn (just like the audience, nobody in the movie cares about the massage parlor, who the hell pickets a massage parlor anyhow.  I mean, a sex-toy shop or a "show club" I could understand but a massage parlor?).  They go to burn it down and convienently get killed by the monster (moral of the story: always welcome the decay of society, don't fight it you will only be eaten by a mutant).  Some parts of the movie definetely deserve a huge WTF like his dream with the chick on the airplane wing with bleeding eyes.  Loved the final battle in the cyanide storage plant (Idaho is a good place to dump nuclear waste and left over cyanide) even though the good guy blows open a whole bunch of cyanide containers it doesn't seem to become a major factor in killing either him or the mutant.  Actually I remember the board with a nail in it doing more damage to the main character (ouch, stepped on giant freaking nail) than the cyanide.  I guess it had gone bad.   Loved the acting in the end, so what do you do after you kill a mutant: climb to roof, look around, throw hat.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: judge death on August 01, 2010, 05:22:31 AM
Now they can re release it with the added hook "Starring ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Martin Landau."

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Gordo on February 06, 2011, 11:59:23 PM
Don't see this movie - even if someone double dog dares you.

I own this one and I've never seen it, but I have an excuse.  I was an extra in the marching band when I was in high school.  If you're dumb enough to actually watch this movie, fast forward to the parade scene and when you see the marching band go by, look for the dumb-looking drummer with the CHiP's style sunglasses and the early 80's hair and playing a triple drum.  Then eject the movie and go find something else to do.

Title: Re: The Being
Post by: Trevor on May 22, 2013, 07:57:17 AM
Don't tell a monster to "f**k off."

Just don't.

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