The Pottsville Horror
Martin Landau, Marianne Gordon, Bill Osco
The Being once again demonstrates the all too common results of poor waste management: Talent actors tarnishing their careers. No, wait, I mean a horrible mutant monster that attacks the populace.
Though either one can make for an entertaining flick
Like this one, for instance.
Let’s hit the bad parts first, shall we? Overall the film has little gaffes here and there, questionable moments, and a few redundancies here and there in the plot. No one’s perfect
The special effects aren’t great. For instance, the monster seems to change size a lot. However there are some excellent moments here and there. A few shots of the creature’s eye struck me as particularly creepy and well done.
The acting is decent enough with the exception of the lead, who seems rather stiff. At least up until one of the higher caliber actors (like Martin Landau or José Ferrer) show up. Then the difference in quality level is quite noticeable.
Speaking of the higher caliber actors, they seem to take the film with decent grace. Landau even seemed to be enjoying himself, which helps the whole.
I should also mention that I’m not quite sure The Being isn’t a failed comedy. Most of Director Jackie Wong’s filmography consists of Comedies, and there’s a bit right at the end of the flick (which I will not spoil) that is completely out of place. In fact it would only work in a Comedy.
We’re going to stick this in the mid-range of the quality scale (1 point). If Jaws 3. can be considered the upper region of this particular section of worth, then The Being is well beneath, bordering on Bad. If that helps.
Despite its flaws (or in some cases because of them) I had a great time with this flick (1.5 points) and you might, too.
Score: 2.5 points out of a possible 4