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
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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 »


Adrian: The fella' in the fancy suit must have a name.
Jack Powell: Jack.
Adrian: You know, Jack? I can usually tell in about two minutes all I need to know about a person.
Jack Powell: Like what?
Adrian: Like is he a loser? Does he shoot dope? Does he like to wear ladies' underwear?
Jack Powell: Are you telling me that you're a psychic, or that you like to look at people's pants?
Adrian: You're a funny guy, Jack.
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An underrated masterpiece...
22 February 2000 | by (Sala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I must confess something about this movie... I really think this is one of the best ever made. The first time I saw it I didn't know what it was about or who appeared in it. When Lance Henriksen and especially Eric Roberts were in the lead I felt the title and the combination of these two character actors must be quite good. Now after seeing it I can most surely say that it wasn't good.. it was totally DYNAMITE!

Eric Roberts is a great actor. Even if he sometimes takes on a movie part too much... I love some of his work. Especially "The Specialist", "In Cold Blood", "Runaway Train" and this one. His worst is "Rude Awakening". There is something in his acting that can't be seen anywhere else. His Adrian is by far one of his best performances.

Lance Henriksen has much in common with Roberts. He also has his own acting way and all who have seen him in the great show "Millennium" knows what I'm talking about.

Both Roberts and Henriksen should be bigger stars in Hollywood.

The great story with its oddities and chilling atmosphere have made me seen it about four-five times already. I think I will look at it again tonight, because I know I will be in a good mood afterwards. I feel "Nature of the Beast" is my own movie. I found it before others and made my point of view before any judgment was typed down by anyone. Still it's very unknown, but this movie has proven that you can and will find unknown movies that is much better than many of the big productions Hollywood give us.

I specially love the ending, even though it's a masterpiece all the way through.

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