Release dateMay 1, 1992 (1992-05-01) Music directorWendy Carlos, Stephen W. Parsons CastRutger Hauer (Harley Stone), Kim Cattrall (Michelle), Michael J. Pollard (The Rat Catcher), Alastair Duncan (Dick Durkin), Alun Armstrong (Thrasher), Pete Postlethwaite (Paulsen) Similar moviesLucy, Avatar, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Dredd, Ice Age: The Meltdown
TaglineHe's seen the future. Now he has to kill it.
Split Second is a 1992 American-British science fiction horror film directed by Tony Maylam and Ian Sharp. Rutger Hauer stars as a burnt-out police detective obsessively hunting down the mysterious serial killer that killed his partner several years prior. The film also features Kim Cattrall, Alastair Neil Duncan, Pete Postlethwaite, Ian Dury and Alun Armstrong.
In the year 2008, global warming and heavy rainfall has left large areas of London flooded. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin is assigned to partner with Harley Stone, a burnt-out and highly cynical veteran 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 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 as Harley Stone
Kim Cattrall as Michelle
Neil Duncan as Dick Durkin
Michael J. Pollard as The Rat Catcher
Alun Armstrong as Thrasher
Pete Postlethwaite as Paulsen
Ian Dury as Jay Jay
Roberta Eaton as Robin
Tony Steedman as O'Donnell
Steven Hartley as Foster
Sara Stockbridge as Tiffany
The subway scene was directed by Ian Sharp.
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." 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." Stephen Holden of The New York Times called it "fairly dull". Doug Brod of Entertainment Weekly called it "utterly soulless and imitative". In Time Out London, Nigel Floyd wrote, "This derivative eco-horror movie recycles dozens of disposable plots".
Belgian grindcore band Aborted used an image from the film for their first album's cover The Purity of Perversion (1999).