Synopsis: A French anthropologist gets murdered in Los Angeles after he discovers the existence of some unknown demonical creatures. Before he dies, he reveals his secret to a young doctor...
Director(s): John McTiernan
Production: Paramount Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


Yeah. OK, I'll be right down.

Dr. Onaman.

Calling Dr. Onaman.

Dr. Benway.

Calling Dr. Benway.

Cops pulled him off the beach

twenty minutes ago.

Took four of us

to get him on the bed.

Strung way out.

Can't even get eye contact.

It's like he thinks

we're not even here.

His clothes were blood-soaked.

Cleaned him up.

Found a couple of lacerations--

Is that French?

Sounds like it,

but he's too fast for me.

Pupils are constricted,

pressure's up.

I'm sure it's PCP, but

I can't get a needle into him.

If I try to sedate him,

it could be a real mess.

I know you're new, and I'm sorry

to put you on the spot...

but if I sedate him without

a neurology, OK, my ass is--

Your ass is secure, dear.

Just go find someone

who speaks French.

Maybe a priest.

He's probably Catholic.

Well, what happened to you?

We stopped him going across

the park by the Palisades.

Get back!

Get back down there!

Stop it. He'll tear his wrists.

Do me a favor and wait outside.

You, too.

-But somebody's got to--

-Outside, OK?

Boy, you've been in quite

a scrape, haven't you?

Quite a scrape.

What happened to you?

What happened?

It's OK. It's OK.

Are you all right?

Look out. Coming through.

Anyone else?

Call for Dr. Rodriguez

right away!

Be careful. Be careful.

Gently, please. Gently.

I guess he got me.

Jesus Christ, he's dead.

Makes tonight

look like nursery school.

I'll pass, thanks.

This weekend I've got

a date with my apartment.

Don't ever try and move

and work at the same time.

That is what wives are for.

You gonna miss the East?

There are a lot

of university people, but...

But what?

I suppose they were more

my husband's friends than mine.

At some level, this going-west

business appeals to me.

Swab that, please, nurse.

You know what I do miss?

Trees. It's so barren.

You get the feeling that

every bush has been installed.

It's like Disneyland

or something.

People don't realize...

that this is a city

built on a desert.

Just think of it as

extended parking for the beach.


Hold on. Just a couple more,

we'll be through.

On these hours,

who gets to go to the beach?

Last one. There we go.

-Do you want it dressed? -Leave

it uncovered.

How long have you been on duty?

Thirty-two hours.

Four more to go.

That's it, then.

You have had enough excitement

for one night.

I want you to go home,

get some sleep...

and those are surgeon's orders.

Besides, you're too old

for this career stuff.

You should be home...

taking kids to get

their teeth straightened.

See that, nurse? See that?

They turn 30

and everything is sex, sex, sex.

You need a tetanus booster?

Then get out of here

and go home.

-Good night, Doctor.


-Good night. Thanks.

-Good night.

I'll catch you later.

What'd he say, anyway?


The guy who jumped you.

What'd he say?


That's a pity.

Last thing a man says

is supposed to be significant.

This is Dr. Collins' office.

I'll try you at the hospital.

Hello, Dr. Flax,

this is Mr. Hendricks...

from the telephone company.

We'll have an installer

in your area tomorrow...

What are you doing?

I thought it was funny, too.

No sense of humor.

This son of a b*tch

gets out of his car--

looks about

fourteen years old...

and he's got

a beer belly already--

gets out of his car

carrying a tire iron.

No kidding.


What'd you do?

Got the hell out of there.

What the f*** else?

F***, there are more

crazy, meshugina lunatics--

What did you do at Radcliffe,

major in sailors?

I wish.

You know your nutcase

from last night?

The lab report

came back this morning.

No drugs.

Adrenal residue enough

to frizz a horse, but no dope.

I wonder what happened to him.

Looked like some creep

off the beach, right?


The man was an anthropologist

from UCLA...

spoke half a dozen languages,

lived all over the world...

and was, apparently,

a very famous individual.


What kind of people

did he study?

I don't know.

This morning,

I got a look at his wife.

She's this

elegant-looking redhead.

Just the opposite

of what he looked like.

The crazy thing is they've only

been in the country a week.

I got a minute flat

to get to seven.

-Walk in backwards.

-I tried that.

I promised I'd actually

be there this time.

Hey, quit it.

Your lip.

If you don't quit chewing on it,

it'll look like your ear.

Eileen, are you OK?

Oh, sure.

Cassie, what does...

''N'y sont pas...

sont des innois'' mean?


They are not there.

They are...

Sounds like a place. Why?

Walking right now

is the best thing for you.

Tomorrow I want to hear

that you've been...


Dr. Stafford's on

in the morning.

Do you want me to order

a repeat EEG for her?


The carpet's fine.

I like the color.


The old carpet was yellow,

but the owners didn't--

Doctor, I think we skipped...


The owner was only here

for a little while...

but they did a good deal

to the house.

There's so many things.

For instance,

the old carpet was yellow...

and it didn't clean very well,

so they put in all new ones.

The house is only

four blocks from the beach.

And of course

there's plenty of storage space.

Obviously, I tried to convince

the owners to stay here...

long enough to sell

instead of rent...

but apparently his transfer

was pretty sudden...

and they just upped and left.

What do you think?

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John McTiernan

John Campbell McTiernan Jr. (born January 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for his action films, especially Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), and The Hunt for Red October (1990). His later well-known films include the action-comedy-fantasy film Last Action Hero (1993), the action film sequel Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), and the heist film-remake The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). He pleaded guilty to perjury and lying to an FBI investigator in regard to his hiring of the private investigator Anthony Pellicano in late 2000 to illegally wiretap the phone calls of two people, one of whom was Charles Roven, a co-producer of his dystopian science-fiction action film remake Rollerball (2002). He was incarcerated in federal prison from April 2013 to February 2014. During his imprisonment, he declared bankruptcy amidst foreclosure proceedings for his ranch residence and struggles to pay legal fees and IRS tax debt. His last completed film project was the mystery-thriller Basic, released in 2003. more…

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