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The Nature of the Beast (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  24 October 1995 (USA)
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Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.



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Sheriff Gordon
William A. Temple ...
Elderly gentleman
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Mr. Winneman
Lila Garrett ...
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Hollace Colburn ...
Counter waitress
Bob May ...
Trooper in diner
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Lady in diner
John Toles-Bey ...
Trooper at roadblock
Zachary Weintraub ...
Young man at motel (as Zachary Bogatz)
Curt Darling ...
Queasy deputy


Jack meets Adrian out in Nevada. Adrian latches on to Jack, and won't go away. Jack tries to lose Adrian, but Adrian informs Jack not to mess with him, or he'll call the police because he knows Jack's secret. In the meantime, the car radio keeps blaring news reports of a serial killer in the area called "The Hatchet Man", as well as a theft of a huge sum of money from a local casino. Jack is concealing a briefcase, and wherever he and Adrian go, "The Hatchet Man" seems to strike within the vicinity! Written by Humberto Amador

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All men are created evil.

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Rated R for hard drug use, strong language, a sex scene and some terror/violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

24 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nature of the Beast  »

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Director Victor Salva plays a customer at the start of the movie. He walks past Lance Henriksen in the diner. See more »


Jack Powell: How the hell did you get dumped in the middle of nowhere?
Adrian: A fella' in a big rig picked me up, about where you passed me. But he got a little too devoted, you know what I mean?
Jack Powell: So you got out?
Adrian: Looks that way.
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23 June 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This one sharp and solid thriller which ended up underrated for some reason. Movies which manage to create tension through solid dialogs and great performances are real gems these days. The story looks simple: Jack tries to avoid Adrian, a hitcher, after being warned by the police about a serial killer running loose. However, the two men meet again in a Cafe, and they become inseparable, since they know each other's secrets. One of them is the serial killer, while the other managed to stole a big amount of money from a Vegas Casion. This movie manages to keep you from yawning or fast-forwarding by using smart dialogs and brilliant twists. And just when you start thinking you can anticipate the ending, it hits you on the head really hard. The entire movie is based on the performances of Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts, which prove once again that they are underrated for no reason. The chemistry between them is always there, but in a creepy way. The soundtrack fits the story perfectly, and the depiction is brilliant. If you haven't seen it, don't rent it, BUY it. You'll end up watching it at least three times and then again, at irregular intervals. Hopefully they will do justice to this movie one day, and really promote it, like they should have done from the day it came out. Conclusion: one of the smartest, memorable thrillers you'll ever see.

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