HORROR BUSINESS Episode 56: THE BEING & SPLIT SECOND

Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys. In this episode we’re talking about creature features with 1983’s The Being and 1992’s Split Second.

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We start by talking about what we’ve seen or done lately in the field of horror. Liam talks about seeing the film A Hole In The Ground, and Justin talks about seeing The Possession Of Hannah Grace, I Think We’re Alone Now, and Lords Of Chaos.

We begin by talking about The Being. Immediately we discuss how the film was very clearly a vanity project for the produce Bill Osco, who had a starring role in the film. Osco’s “career” is discussed. We are openly befuddled at how a movie that has so many accomplished actors in it can be so bad.

We discuss the film’s lack of coherency, poor effects, confusing narrative, and horrible editing. Jackie Kong’s hands being tied during the filming of this movie is discussed.

Next up is 1992’s Split Second. We begin by giving a brief summation of the film. Liam argues that the movie is very heavily influenced by the comic book series Heavy Metal.

The mixing of genres that the movie uses, be they cyberpunk, neo noir, horror, and sci fi, is touched upon. The movies sense of being very “90s” is discussed. The creature design is touched upon. Rutger Hauer’s innovation of the “hardboiled cop” trope is discussed, in that he brings a sense of vulnerability and fragility to the character.

 

Kim Cattrell’s acting is touched upon, as is the fact that she is more than just a romantic subplot in the movie, in that she plays the role of anchoring Hauer’s character in reality and sanity. There is more discussion on the similarities with Heavy Metal. Some of the shortcomings of the movie are discussed, and we postulate that this is a movie that could benefit from a remake.

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Justin Lore

Greetings and salutations. My name is Justin Lore, and in addition to being a real life pawn star, an obsessive dog dad, and a falsely accused Lovecraft apologist, I am the creator and co-host of the podcast Horror Business and the communications manager and assistant editor of Cinepunx. I saw Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ at the age of six and horror films have been a large part of my life since then. Favorite directors include John Carpenter, George Romero, David Lynch, James Cameron, Wes Anderson, and David Cronenberg. I don’t eat animals, I abstain from the partaking of drugs and alcohol, I think ‘Friday The 13th’ is the most overrated franchise in film history and if I ever saw Metallica live and they played ‘Blackened’ there’s a decent chance I’d be led out in handcuffs because the pit would get murdered.

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