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Nature of the Beast
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2005
I recall renting this a few years back just because of the two leads (Eric Roberts and Lance Henriksen) being teamed, as each are fine character actors, and the premise of a good, old-fashioned mystery/thriller.

As it turned out, this is a taunt little chiller with a great premise and even better ending. I won't give anything away, but the ending is truly worth the price of admission. Roberts and Henriksen are at the top of their game, and Director Victor Silva (pre JEEPERS CREEPERS) sets just the right tone.

I'm only hoping they come up with a few worthwhile extras to boot. A commentary by Silva would be a great bonus.

Top notch suspense.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Virtually unnoticed when released in the 90's, Nature of the Beast is surprisingly taut and suspenseful. Directed by pre-Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva, Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts provide solid performances in this tale of a salesman (Henriksen) who picks up a mysterious hitcher (Roberts) during a time when a serial killer is racking up a body count. From this point on, Nature of the Beast becomes a taut character study, and you'll never see the film's twist ending coming. Overlooked to this day as a suspense gem, Nature of the Beast finally makes it's way to DVD thanks to New Line, and it includes an insightful commentary by Salva. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a better than average shocker.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
Nature of the Beast is the best thing Victor Salva has done, in my opinion. The writer/director behind Powder and the Jeepers Creepers series has a little-known gem in Nature of the Beast. The plot is simply this - out in the rural nothingness between Las Vegas and California two major happenings are continuously in the news: Someone has stolen a million in cash from a casino, and someone dubbed the "hatchet man" is killing people all along the main highway in the same area. Via what seems like fate, the characters of Eric Roberts and Lance Henrikson find themselves stuck together as they each know, fear and respect what the other is. One of them is the thief. One of them is the "hatchet man." But who's who is what makes the film so great. It keeps going back and forth making you constantly second guess yourself while they play a cat-and-mouse game with each other. This movie is one of the best whodunnits and among the most influential films of its genre that I think has ever been made. It's also about the best acting either of the leads have ever done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2009
Nature Of The Beast was the Best Movie Ever! Eric and Lance were Great together! They had Fantastic Chemisty!

The Plot was Exciting....The Acting was Superb......The Pace was Fast and Thrilling with Sprinkles of Humor throughout the drama. It kept you on your toes and curious to see what would happen next!

I absolutely LOVED THIS MOVIE! Best purchase I've made in a long time!

I give it 10 Stars!!

Sincerely,
Neva
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I knew I would enjoy this just because Eric Roberts and Lance Henrickson are in it. They are both superb actors. The movie was a suspense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. They both have secrets. Roberts manipulates Henrickson because he knows his secret. But in the end (without saying too much), Henrickson gets the upper hand. Very enjoyable!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2000
This movie has characters that are unusually deep and complex. I watched this movie on a whim, but I am certainly glad I did! I plan on sharing this movie with friends and loved ones.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2000
another don't pick up a hitcher pic. Not as suspensful as "The Hitcher" but still well acted and written and suspensful. Among Roberts and Hendricksens better pics. I especially enjoyed the scene where Roberts explains what the nature of the <human> beast is. One of those pics that come on the cable with actors you like so you give it a try and find a real winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
I have to say that the chemistry between Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts is very very good. I enjoyed the storyline and how each actor portrayed their character. Nice twist at the end. Definitely worth the time to watch...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2014
Excellent acting by Eric Roberts and Lance Henriksen made this much better than the standard B and kept the tension tight. Roberts really out did himself as a very villainous character doing his best to intimidate Henriksen at every turn. For those who might guess the plot twist at the end, you will find it worth watching anyway. Be aware they are not kidding with the R rating. Roberts role alone will bring the R rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
Great sleeper movie. I've lent it to several people and they all enjoyed it. As usual, great performances by Henricksen and Roberts.
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