Split Second (1992 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tony Maylam
|Produced by||Keith Cavelle (executive producer)
Chris Hanley (executive producer)
Gary Scott Thompson (associate producer)
|Written by||Gary Scott Thompson|
|Music by||Wendy Carlos
Stephen W. Parsons
|Edited by||Dan Rae|
|Distributed by||Astro Distribution|
|Release date(s)||May 1, 1992|
|Running time||90 min.|
In the year 2008, heavy rainfall has flooded large areas of London. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin (Duncan) is assigned to partner Harley Stone (Hauer), a burnt-out and highly cynical homicide detective who, according to his commanding officer, survives on "anxiety, coffee and chocolate" after being unable to prevent the murder of his partner by a serial killer several years previously. Now however, the murders have begun again and Stone and Durkin are assigned the case. After investigating the scenes of several killings, they appear no closer to identifying the killer, with their only clues being that the murders seem to be linked to the lunar cycle, and that the killer has multiple recombinant DNA strands, having absorbed the DNA of the victims.
Finally, after Stone's girlfriend Michelle (Cattrall) is kidnapped, the detectives track the killer deep into the flooded and disused London Underground system and discover the truth: the killer is not human. It's a horrific and possibly demonic form of life that is fast, savage, bloodthirsty and fixated upon killing Stone just as it previously killed his partner. In fact, as the movie progresses, each killing and "appearance" of the monster is an attempt to lure Stone closer and closer.
During a tense battle in and around an abandoned underground train, Michelle is found suspended over the water as bait, but Stone is able to pull the monster's heart from its chest and kill it. However, as the policemen leave the scene with Michelle in a rescue dinghy, bubbles of air are seen breaking the surface of the water, suggesting that there may be more than one monster.
- Rutger Hauer ... Harley Stone
- Kim Cattrall ... Michelle
- Neil Duncan ... Dick Durkin
- Michael J. Pollard ... The Rat Catcher
- Alun Armstrong ... Thrasher
- Pete Postlethwaite ... Paulsen
- Ian Dury ... Jay Jay
- Roberta Eaton ... Robin
- Tony Steedman ... O'Donnell
- Steven Hartley ... Foster
- Sara Stockbridge ... Tiffany
- Ken Bones ... Forensic Expert
- Daimon Richardson ... Police Officer
- Dave Duffy ... Nick 'The Barman'
- Colin Skeaping ... Drunk
- Stewart Harvey-Wilson ... Killer
The movie was not a box office success.
- "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Split Second': A Monstrous Disaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- "Reviews/Film; A Most Unpleasant London". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- "Nationwide Box Office Plunges : Receipts: Movie industry sources say that grosses were down about 37%, partly due to civil unrest in the L.A. area.". Los Angeles Times. 1992-05-05. Retrieved 2012-06-09.