The Nature of the Beast (1995)

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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 ...
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Lila Garrett ...
Mrs. Winneman
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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 »





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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: I figured you'd be long gone by now. You must've lost your appetite in a big hurry, huh? I'd hate to think it's 'cause you didn't like me, Jack. I mean, you can see what an unfriendly place the world can be.
Jack Powell: What are you doing?
Adrian: I got no place to sleep, Jack.
Jack Powell: You're crazy.
Adrian: I'll tell on ya, Jack. I'll tell everyone what you got in that briefcase. Don't worry. I'm a man with a secret too myself.
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great script, great acting!
27 August 2005 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

We often forget the script is what it's all about. Throw in a couple of Hollwood-veterans and some good shooting and you get a real cracker. The script is so well though-out you never imagine the ending. It's amazing! It's one of these rare cases where you get an American film (a TV-production no less!!) with a totally unpredictable conclusion. The acting is top-notch and beats anything out there, very powerful. The scenes are often mystical and nocturnal, the only qualm I would have is that there was plenty of space for extra creative camera-work, just to heighten the suspense even further. If a remake of this was done by a more revolutionary director (e.g. Michael Mann), this could definitely account for a new Hollywood blockbuster (and no doubt keeping the two main actors as well).

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