SPLIT SECOND (1992) MOVIE NEWS & REVIEW
split second (1992) movie
Genre | Horror Sci-Fi
Classification | MA 15+
Running time | 90 minutes
Released | 1 May 1992 (US)
Rutger Hauer ... Harley Stone
Kim Cattrall ... Michelle McLaine
Alastair Duncan ... Det. Dick Durkin (as Neil Duncan)
Michael J. Pollard ... The Rat Catcher
Alun Armstrong ... Thrasher
Pete Postlethwaite ... Paulsen
Ian Dury ... Jay Jay
Steven Hartley ... Foster McLaine
Gary Scott Thompson ... (written by)
Stephen W. Parsons ... (as Stephen Parsons)
box office result
Australia $ not available
North America $5,430,822
Associate producer and screenwriter Gary Scott Thompson's original 1988 spec script was titled "Pentagram", the story of it took place in Los Angeles, California, it involved ritualistic serial killer who kills five people every five years during the last quarter of century and always leaves pentagram symbol after each kill. This original first version of the script was an action buddy cop horror movie with occult overtones. "Pentagram" got Thompson more jobs before it was finally picked up by the head of Challenge Films, Laura Gregory, and Production Manager Susan Nicoletti, and they got director Tony Maylam involved. All three of them told Thompson to change the script, because the story was too similar to the horror thriller The First Power (1990). Thompson re-wrote the script and re-titled it "Black Tide", and this new version was close to the final movie, it took place in London, England, which was half under water due to global warming. Although Thompson wrote the script with Harrison Ford in mind for the lead role, he was happy when Rutger Hauer was cast, and Hauer really loved the script which is why he wanted to do this movie.
Originally, Wendy Carlos (who composed music for A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), THE SHINING (1980), and TRON (1982)) was hired to compose the score for this movie, but her score was rejected and a new score was composed by Francis Haines and Stephen W. Parsons. A couple tracks of Carlos' rejected score, ones which were going to be used in the morgue scene, were included on her album "Rediscovering Lost Scores, Volume 2".
Kim Cattrall still has her hairdo from STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (1991). This indicates that the shooting of this movie happened shortly after the completion of Star Trek VI.