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The Nature of the Beast (1995)

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
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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Referenced in Powder (1995) See more »

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The wide open desert is a lonely and dangerous place especially with a serial killer on the loose
18 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

+There May be Spoilers+ There's a serial killer on the loose striking motorists on the desert highway between Nevada and California. In this violent setting two men meet up as if it were by fate. One a paper goods salesman from Las Vegas Jack Powell, Lance Henriksen, and one a drifter Adrian, Eric Roberts, from God's only knows where and you sense right away that one is the murderer but which one is he?

Suspenseful movie about murder and madness that goes the whole nine yards and even more in shocking the living hell out of the audience. The scene towards the end of the movie between Jack Powell and Sheriff Gordon, Brion James and his deputy Little David Brewer, Tom Tarntini, outside Powell's cabin is so electrifying charged and nail biting that it had me want to turn off the VCR because my nerves just about had it from the almost unbearable tension watching it.

There is admittedly some uneven scenes in the film but overall they don't take anything away from the jolts in it that in some cases leaves you paralyzed from shock. The ending is a bit confusing but it's just for that very reason that make it so effective. Nothing in the movie seems to be what you think that it is even the murderer.

Solid performances by the two top stars Lance Henriksen & Eric Roberts who despite the very capable supporting cast carry the movie all by themselves.

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