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Natural Selection (1999)

Residents of an East Texas town react strangely when a serial killer invades their small town world.


Mark Lambert Bristol (as Mark Bristol)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bowen ... Willie Dickenson
David Carradine ... Louis Dehoven
Darren E. Burrows ... Glenn Royce (as Darren Burrows)
Elizabeth Barondes ... Sally Dickensen
Missy Atwood Missy Atwood ... Marie Franklin
Marina Anderson ... Martha Graham (as Marina Carradine)
Joe Unger ... Detective Harry Richards
Bob Balaban ... Dr. William Powell
Stephen Root ... Mr. Crenshaw
Bill Wise ... Ferrel Dickenson
Johnny Hardwick Johnny Hardwick ... Documentary Director (voice)
Todd Lowe ... Jimmie Dickenson
Guilford Adams ... Colin Dickenson
Mark Miks Mark Miks ... Jamie Crenshaw
Bob Richardson Bob Richardson ... Coach Al Sand


Residents of an East Texas town react strangely when a serial killer invades their small town world.

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They know where you live. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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An amusing romp without the excessive Hollywood budget or baggage.
8 September 1999 | by artgecko-2See all my reviews

A friend and I were invited to a special screening of 'Natural Selection' in Santa Monica this past June. As finicky spectators, we were both skeptical. We had an inkling of the film's storyline; but for the most part, we were uninitiated as to what might come to light or smolder to ash in a genre that is all too trite--a black comedy entwined with a serial killing ruse. Yet despite our snobbish prelude, by the end of the opening title sequence we were smiling. And by the end of the closing title sequence we were wildly entertained. The characters take some getting use to, all of which are satirically drawn, but once you get past introductions you realize you could be at a southern county fair and all is laughable. The film's strength is its lunacy and the direction of each preposterous circumstance. The writing is no stroke of genius, but in collaboration with the creative direction, performances, and a smart edit it is noteworthy. If 'Natural Selection' gets its audience it will be rocketed to cult film status and hence be a fusion of three genres--black comedy, serial killing ruse, and cult film. Check up and coming film festival listings or special screenings of 'Natural Selection'-- like me, you will be caught off guard and caught having a good time.

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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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The Monster Slayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »


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$450,000 (estimated)
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