The Nature of the Beast (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Nature of the Beast (1995)





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Two men meet in a diner on a desert highway--an uptight, reserved motorist (Lance Henriksen) and an overbearing, insistent hitchhiker (Eric Roberts). A dangerous balance results when it becomes clear that one of the two is a serial killer known in the media as "The Hatchet Man," while the other is a fugitive who has robbed a casino. With two capable actors and plenty of tension, it is slowly revealed which one is which.
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Lance Henriksen
as Jack Powell
Eric Roberts
as Adrain (Dusty)
Brion James
as Sheriff Gordon
Sasha Jenson
as Gerald
Ana Gabriel
as Dahlia
Frank Novak
as Manfred Holliday
William A. Temple
as Elderly Gentleman
Earl Theroux
as Mr. Winnerman
Leila Garrett
as Mrs. Winnerman
Eloy Casados
as Sheriff No. 1
Hollace Colburn
as Counter Waitress
Bob May
as Trooper in Dinner
Sara Young
as Lady in Diner
John Toles-Bey
as Trooper at Roadblock
Zachary Bogatz
as Young Man at Motel
Curt Darling
as Queasy Deputy
Mark W. Johnson
as Deputy Johnson
Virgil Frye
as Gas Station Attendant
Ava Lazar
as Blue
Phil Fondacaro
as Harliss
Tom Tarantino
as Little David
Lin Shaye
as Carol Powell
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Critic Reviews for The Nature of the Beast

All Critics (2)

The problem was that the ending was so ludicrous, that it made all the suspense leading up seem like a wasted effort.

Full Review… | January 5, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Nature of the Beast

Killer vs. killer has always been an interesting idea, but rarely executed the right way. The problem here, other than the awful ending, is that Henriksen is your typical straight to DVD actor, and Roberts is on par with some of the best porn actors. If you replace Roberts with a guy like Rutger Hauer, you may not get a better movie, or even a plot - but at least we'd get a solid cat and mouse game between two psychopaths worth watching.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

Twisted game of cat and mouse,between a casino robber and the serial killer "Hatchet man".Powerful acting from Roberts and Henriksen make this psychological thriller compelling on many different levels.A great film,highly entertaining.

Larry Mckinney
Larry Mckinney

great film I enjoyed it alot. A good thriller with good performances and an interesting and original plot line. Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts are great and Brion James makes a cameo. Best Line "why do you cut them up into little pieces" Jack "For the F*** of it

Matthew Marks
Matthew Marks

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