Besides two effectively creepy performances by Eric Roberts and Lance Henriksen and an atmosphere of suppressed tension, all NATURE OF THE BEAST has going for it is a one-trick premise. If you spot the rabbit in this hat early, the film's technical expertise and camera choreography can't
compensate for the failure of this shock tactic to terrify.
Along the highways driven by paper products salesman Jack Powell (Lance Henriksen), a series of senseless slayings makes travel a risky proposition. Concurrently, a master thief has shorn a gambling casino in Vegas of a million bucks. Forcing his jittery company on Jack (a rabbity fella who never
takes his eyes off his...