Split Second (1992 film)

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Split Second
Split second poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tony Maylam
Ian Sharp
Produced by Keith Cavelle (executive producer)
Laura Gregory
Chris Hanley (executive producer)
Gary Scott Thompson (associate producer)
Written by Gary Scott Thompson
Starring Rutger Hauer
Kim Cattrall
Neil Duncan
Music by Francis Haines
Stephen W. Parsons
Cinematography Clive Tickner
Edited by Dan Rae
Distributed by Astro Distribution
Release dates
May 1, 1992
Running time
90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $5,430,822

Split Second is a 1992 British science fiction film starring Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, and Neil Duncan. The film is directed by Tony Maylam and Ian Sharp.


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.



Even though the movie was not a box office success, it received a lot of criticism.[1][2]


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