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Rutger Hauer is a total badass in this and the car/helicopter stunts are unbelievable. This film would never get made with these real effects these days except maybe by Christopher Nolan (He actually flipped a truck in one of his Batman movies, but any other director would use CGI.) The action sequences are a total blast but the film is a little bit of a downer, overall.
Nice atmosphere but sadly the plot is driven by the protagonists implausible actions. Overall, rather enjoyable and better than the remake.
I love Howell but he was a terrible actor in his youth. I don't get the hype on this movie either. It's not terrible but it's not amazing either.
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This movie ranks #203 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #324 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies