Are you afraid of the dark, or more to the point, what's IN the dark? You will be, at least for awhile, after watching this shit-in-your-pants fright fest! Now I saw this movie about four years ago on HBO, but it was not under the right conditions to say the least, the lights were on, the audio was coming from the speakers inside the t.v., it was pan n scan, and I was doing other things at the time so I didn't pay it my full attention...until tonight. I picked it up at Best Buy just for the hell of it and settled into my HT to check it out, and WHEW BOY, what a monster flick! For those who havn't seen it, and love creature features, RUN don't walk and buy it, you won't be sorry, trust me on this! This damn movie had atmosphere that would choke a Brontosaurus, lighting that was as dark and murky as the dire situation that the films hero's find themselves in. I jumped out of my seat on more than a few occassions during this thing, now granted some were cheap scares, but others weren't. Tom Sizemore, before he put on the weight, was great as a cop who gets more than he bargains for when he investigates the grisly murder of a guard at Chicago's Natural History Museum, because the killer is something right out of a fucking nightmare! A creature that lurks in the shadows, and has a fondness for decapitations. It's swift, smart, agile, ferocious, and it's here...somewhere. I love films like this, ones that use shadow and mood to scare, not excessive gore, make no mistake though, this film is EXTREMLY gory, but it does'nt use it as it's primary source for scares. The scares come from the fact that SOMETHING is in the room with you, you can hear it breathing, but you can't see it, that what I call scary. The creature itself was created by THE MAN Stan Winston and it ranks with his best work, including the 'Predator'. My only complaint is the rather bad attempt at CG fire at the end, but's that's a minor complaint and doesn't take away from the film in the end. If you have a good HT set up, this will up the ante on the scares, it did in my case. The 5.1 was very active overall, and the video is a bit on the soft side, but I think it's an accurate representation of the film even though I never had the pleasure of seeing it in theaters. So pop it in, turn down the lights, crank up the 5.1, and get ready for one frightening HT experience!