Split Second

Year: 1991

Director: Tony Maylam

Written by: Gary Scott Thompson

Threat: Demon

Weapon of Choice: Claws

Based upon: Original

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Rish Outfield's reviews
So it's England of the near future, flooded, and over-run with rats and crime. Tough cop Rutger Hauer is after a serial killer (the one that killed his partner and best friend) who turns out to be not of this earth.
Although I had seen all of this stuff before, I couldn't help but enjoy this movie. It is done well, with style and affection, and it's one of those films where you can tell the makers are having fun.
Unlike most Horror or Action movies, this one spent a lot of time working on characterization. I don't know if it had anything to do with it, but I actually found Kim Cattrall pretty attractive this time out. What this film focuses on most of all is Hauer's character, his motivations, his overpowering drive, his gruff character. Even though he was grouchy, dirty, and unpleasant, and we never fully understand him, we like him anyway, and root for his success. And that works in an action movie not concerned with explosions or Bond-like thrills. This was also a dialogue-heavy film, but good because of it. The wet, grey English locale was nice. There was a lot of humour from start to finish, even though the story was a serious one, and it worked well.
And Rutger Hauer is cool.
I'd Recommend It To: All cop/horror/action movie fans.
Note: This was another of those countless films where the monster is revealed on the box art, but not seen until the climax of the film. Man, I hate that.

The tyranist's thoughts
I like the horror and I like the sci-fi so naturally movies that fall into the sci-fi horror sub-genre tend to draw me in. This one was no different. I found that from the beginning I was enjoying myself and really liking the movie. Unfortunately, that didn't last the whole way through, but the last few minutes are forgettable enough that I would probably watch this one again and enjoy it the same way.
If you happen to rent this one, take a good look at the box because that you will see more of the monster there than in the film. Not that it needed more attention. I found the monster to be half-cool, half lame and generally poorly explained within the context of the movie. Since it was really character driven, though, this didn't hurt the movie a bit.
Rutger Hauer is as good as ever almost reminding me of his Blade Runner days. Kim Cattrall is young and good-looking. I don't know that I've seen a movie she made in that particular phase of her career that I didn't like her in. It was only later when she got a role on that HBO Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle that I started to find her unattractive. Alas.
As sci-fi horror flicks go, this one is at the better end of the middle of the pack. I really enjoyed it and hope to enjoy it again someday. The one problem I had with it was at the end and even that really didn't destroy the movie. This one is easy to overlook and is more likely to be in the science fiction section of your local video emporium, but check it out if you can find it.

Total Skulls: 15

Sequel setup skull
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skullskull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skullskull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots skullskull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull