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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Gordon
William A. Temple ...
Elderly gentleman
Earl Theroux ...
Mr. Winneman
Lila Garrett ...
Mrs. Winneman
Sheriff #1
Hollace Colburn ...
Counter waitress
Bob May ...
Trooper in diner
Sara Young ...
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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


Adrian: You can't kill the devil, Jack.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Overlooked and Under-appreciated
26 September 2000 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

Possibly the only people who saw this movie are the ones who posted user comments, which is too bad. I wouldnt say it was one of the best movies ever made, and I wouldnt call it a piece of c**p either. This movie seemed to be made for people who appreciate second banana actors, and it was done pretty well in my opinion. Anyone who has stayed up late at night watching cable should be familiar with Eric and Lance. Lance is one of my favorite actors, and this was one of those movies that stand out in my mind when I think of his work. The ending was great. I dont want to give anything away, but...that pretty much made the movie for me. I think if this movie went mainstream with bigger named dont know, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, this would have been a hit. Instead, its doomed to be one of those movies that you see when you want to see something else, and its too bad, because as it is, it should be one that you want to watch. After checking for DVD availability for over a year now, I've come to the conclusion that this movie will never get a fair chance. Thats too bad, because its a good movie, and most people wont even know it was ever made.

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