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Split Second (1992 film)

Split Second
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by Laura Gregory
Written by Gary Scott Thompson
Music by
  • Francis Haines
  • Stephen W. Parsons
Cinematography Clive Tickner
Edited by Dan Rae
Muse Productions
Distributed by Astro Distribution
Release dates
  • May 1, 1992 (1992-05-01)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $5.4 million[1]

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.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.



The subway scene was directed by Ian Sharp.[2]


Lawrence Cohn of Variety wrote, "Split Second is an extremely stupid monster film, boasting enough violence and special effects to satisfy less-discriminating vid fans."[2] Chris Willman of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "It's hard to think of a less satisfying creature feature in recent memory than the simply terrible Split Second".[3] Stephen Holden of The New York Times called it "fairly dull".[4] Doug Brod of Entertainment Weekly called it "utterly soulless and imitative".[5]


  1. ^ "Split Second".  
  2. ^ a b Cohn, Lawrence (1992-05-01). "'"Review: 'Split Second.  
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: 'Split Second': A Monstrous Disaster".  
  4. ^ "Reviews/Film; A Most Unpleasant London".  
  5. ^ Brod, Doug (1992-09-04). "Split Second".  

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