The Being

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4.31 h 22 min198313+
A mutated creature is wreaking havoc in a small town in Idaho. A police chief and a government scientist team up to save their rural town from its menace.
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Jackie Kong
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Martin LandauJose FerrerDorothy Malone
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Horror
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Ruth BuzziRex Coltrane
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Bill OscoKent Perkins
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Cinema Epoch/Code Red
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3.3 out of 5 stars

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Lonnie E. HolderReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
B Horror Movie with Incredible Star Power
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This movie is essentially a cheesy B horror movie. Nothing all that special, and definitely derivative. What is amazing is the number of A-list actors in this movie, including the late Martin Landau (an Oscar winner!), the late Jose Ferrer (another Oscar winner!), the late Dorothy Malone (yet another Oscar winner!), Ruth Buzzi (sorry, no Oscars for her yet), and Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five (a reasonably well-known rock and roll group of the 1960's). Most movies can hardly boast even one Oscar winning performer, and this cheesy horror movie has at least three.

Plot, you say? Yes, there kind of is a plot. Nuclear waste, plus a missing boy, equals a slimy monster with lots of teeth, followed by lots of missing people. It takes a little while for the action to ramp up, and there is more than the run of the mill stupidity, but actually not that bad of a movie for a low-budget horror film. I have seen worse (and much better). Even so, by the time the end credits rolled I was thinking this movie had its moments.

Of course, a taste for bad horror movies is an acquired taste. Rating this B-horror movie against other B-horror movies, it is probably better than average. The star power helps. The monster is not bad looking. There is lots of gore. Did I mention some nudity? Yeah, some of that too. Probably not for anyone likely to have nightmares.

Enjoy!
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Quite generic for its time
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Quite a list of stars from the 1960's and 1970's, not that they had major roles for the most part. The film print is not real sharp, but that is to be expected. The opening narration is likely a homage to The Twilight Zone openings that Rod Sterling gave each week. The monster came out of a mutation from the atomic waste dump, which of course was described as dumping nuclear waste does not affect the aquifer. In many ways stupidly funny, especially with the anti-smut squad. This is not a movie that is so bad it is great, nor so bad it is unwatchable. There seems some disconnects towards the end and Mort didn’t put on his gas mask properly to provide any protection, especially when he opened all those cylinders of cyanide gas. But Mort certainly took a beating and kept on ticking. It was fun to see Martin Landau provide assurances that the nuclear dump was perfectly safe, which does echo the worst of the corporate apologists for the worst things they did, and the mayor more concerned about bad publicity that would affect potato sales. It really is a movie of its time, but fairly generic. It will provide a generous dose of cheese however.
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John's Horror CornerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing special, but laughably entertaining. A passable mutant monster creature feature for B-movie fans.
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This monster movie is nothing special at all outside of providing a less mainstream B-movie to entertain horror fans. The effects are more entertaining than good, but unlike the acting and writing, the effects clearly put forth a solid effort.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jackie Kong (Blood Diner), this film opens uninventively with a narration of the most basic exposition—locals are missing, strange things are happening, and “the ultimate terror has taken form” right there in Pottsville, Idaho. We are “told” these three things.

The creature effects swing into action early, which is always a good thing when dealing with B-movies since the creature effects are really the only reason we’re here—and I can gladly say the effects are satisfying even if truly nothing special. They include gross slimy monster limbs, gory on-screen decapitation, an out-of-focus monster attacking an in-focus naked woman, the old ripping the heart out of the chest gag, a prehensile frog-like tongue, and loads of green slime and gelatinous sludge.

Propagandist scientist Dr. Garson Jones (Martin Landau; Without Warning, Ed Wood) addresses the public regarding the safety of dumping nuclear waste into drinking water sources. Because what’s a little toxic waste? I guess this movie is telling us!

At first things don’t totally make sense. For example, during a gratuitous sex scene in a car green sludge oozes through the AC vents and radio as our Casanova rounds third base. Then, all of a sudden, a skeletal slimy sludge hand reaches up and attacks the young lovers—so the thing must have formed right there in the car! But wait…did the monster liquefy then reform? We never find out! Speaking of slimy monster arms, that is all we see until we find a slimy mutant monster fetus and a throwback creature to the Husky lump in The Thing (1981).

When our protagonist meets our monster and tries to warn Mayor Gordon (José Ferrer; Dune, The Sentinel, The Swarm), he could care less. His only concern is the town’s revenue stream of potato exports. The mayor actually hires Dr. Jones to look into things and keep the situation quiet.

This all highlights some of the dumber aspects of the movie, among some other probably unintentionally silly scenes poorly held together by wooden acting and some incredibly lazy dialogue. These actors couldn’t be troubled to care about delivering a single line. But hey, it’s a fun B-movie. What did you expect, right? I mean, whenever the monster leaps towards someone, it seems a production assistant just throws a monster dummy across the camera and onto the victim. There’s even a low-speed chase scene and a needless car explosion.

It’s not until the finale that we get to see something awesome. The somehwat full-body creature is a sloppy, gory mess of teeth. We actually just see its head and an arm. But the head is pretty cool. Not creative at all, but fun to watch.

And that’s what this movie is. It’s “fun to watch” and nothing else. There’s nothing to brag in terms of interesting effects or story and the death scenes are uninspired. But this bad movie is a good bad (i.e., so bad it’s good). The fight between our hero and the toxic mutant is about as bad as it gets—and I giggled throughout. If you enjoy B horror movies, you probably will, too.
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electroaddictReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
"Mayor Lane went on to become the first potato farmer in the White House."
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This is a mildly entertaining B-movie containing a few (unintentionally) funny moments. The creature effects are cheap, and the director knew it, so unfortunately they don't get much screen time, and they're often hidden in darkness. Mainly the camera follows a sleepy police officer (who delivers every line as if he's in desperate need of a nap). That slow dullness really hampers the film, and significantly diminishes its fun factor. Martin Landau has a relatively small part, so his fans shouldn't watch this movie specifically for him. I enjoyed the stuffy Mayor character (who refused to acknowledge any town emergencies because he was too busy monitoring the annual potato harvest). That was perhaps the lamest excuse in all of "movie-Mayor denial" history. Also, there was a humorous anti-pornography & massage parlor plotline that went absolutely nowhere. Watch this movie if you're bored... but brew a pot of coffee first.
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Jerry LReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Typical '70s movie
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A lot of ridicules things happening just to add action to the movie. Like a junk yard owner who has junk cars in his lot that are ready to drive away complete with keys in the ignition. Then a creature that can run down a car going down the road,m open the trunk, climb in and shut it behind him. And why doesn't anyone ever use their rear view mirror in these movies? A sheriff who can't convince the mayor there is a creature loose. Oh, but he does get him down to look at one he traps. And then what happened? I am guessing this was made in the 70s. One of those drive-in movies one of those where they throw in a few shots of naked breasts to "spice up" the movie. Back then it probably would have been a good movie, even if you had to go through the same things happening over and over. Just filling time until the end when you see what ever they have planned for the final reveal. Just too boring for me,. I sat through half and couldn't deal with it anymore. But I am a realist so usually I get bored quick with movies that have a lot of scenes that couldn't possible happen. But it is an OK movie as far as they go. Just not my kind of movie. So I give it three stars anyway.
Aurora F. RawlinsonReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great 1970's cheesy horror flick
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When you want to blow some time, watch this movie for a cheap thrill. The abysmal number of missing people would have you thought that a search would have been prompted, but not by this small town of farmers and nuclear workers. Instead, people who you wouldn't expect to die off do and other who you don't expect to die do. The music was great and the acting was fine. The SFX were original as back in the '70's computers could not create SFX aside from beeps, bops, twisty twirlys, and other monochrome thingies. So, be prepared for a unique monster thrill and a reason to be scared of todays pollution.
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Nicholas J MalinoReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of Great Talent - Like Hiring Michaelangelo to Paint the Ceiling White
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Hard to decide how to rate this one. I kind of liked it, but it was horrible. Not too much about the entire plot made any sense. Not that any such requirement even exists in the cheesy-horror genre, but perhaps just explaining why Mortimer (not a good name for an action hero) thought that a croquette mallet would be an effective and appropriate weapon to destroy a toxic creature would help. Such puzzling contradictions take the edge off of the terror that could be instilled in the viewer at the idea of such a terrible beast. It seemed like Mr/Ms Kong couldn't decide whether this was a full-out horror movie, or a comedy horror. With such a high-powered cast, I think that if Kong went full-bore horror/comedy it may have been hilarious. Ruth Buzzi, alone, a very funny lady, could have made this movie into something worth watching. As such, it is a great waste of talent. Like hiring Michelangelo to paint the ceiling white.
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daniel wehrReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
fantastic
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If you like Jackie Kong this is for you. Only thing I couldn't watch the end, because Amazon just gives you 48 hours to finish the movie and I didn't have the time to watch it all in that period. Movie is great. Blood Diner and Night Patrol are great Jackie Kong movies as well and from what I know she is about to release a graphic novel. Big fan.
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