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


Adrian: Now you just sit tight a minute while I go right a wrong.
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Criminally underrated serial killer thriller!
25 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I first watched 'Nature Of The Beast' about six years ago and was impressed by it. A second viewing yesterday confirmed my opinion, though my enjoyment was slightly lessened as the twist ending was obviously no longer a surprise. I can't see why this movie hasn't received more attention. Perhaps because the two leads Eric Roberts ('Runaway Train', 'The Immortals') and Lance Henriksen ('Near Dark', 'The Quick And The Dead'), both great favourites of mine, have made way too many stupid action direct-to-video movies and people just think this one is more of the same. It isn't, it's much better than that. Roberts and Henriksen both excel in this tense and unpredictable road movie. I don't want to give much away as the less you know before you watch it the more you will get out of it. Sure it's a cheesy b-grade thriller, but it's a superior example of the genre. Director Victor Salva went on to make 'Jeepers Creepers', a movie I haven't seen at the time of writing this. Hopefully the success of that movie will create some interest in his previous efforts, especially this one.

Oh, and if you're a Brion James ('Blade Runner', 'Crimewave') fan like myself, be warned, he doesn't appear until towards the end, and only for one scene. Despite third billing it's nothing more than a cameo.

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