NATURE OF THE BEAST (1995) aka Bad Heat aka Bad Company
Directed by Victor Salva
with Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts, Brion James
Jack(Lance H.) meets Adrian(Eric R.) 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!
This is an underrated little film.
Although I´m reading it was New Line`s most successfull DTV title that year.
Victor Salva got the attention of Francis Ford Coppola early on,after winning several national awards for a short he did .
Coppola then produced his first feature “Clownhouse”. During that film, Salva molested one of his young actors, he was sentenced for sexual misconduct and did a year in prison. Despite all that, he continued to make movies.
Salva would gain more attention with Powder and Jeepers Creepers a bit later.
I must admit, I kinda liked Powder…Jeepers Creepers though wasn`t my kind of film….
But because of the cast incolved, and knowing nothing about Salva`s child abusing history, I rented this title, mainly for Lance…after Hard Target I was watching everything of his…or trying…it was before the age of the Internet.
This film works because of the two main actors….Lance rocking a big (fake ) belly …I`m glad it was fake…
This is kinda hard to review, I would spoil a lot, telling only half the story. It`s a cat and mouse game, you can`t be sure who the killer is, almost til the end. Both actors shine in their roles. If you like a crime thriller that keeps you guessing, this is for you. Seeing Roberts and Henriksen face off is a pleasure.
I would recommend going in without watching any trailer….