Winston graduated to director with this somewhat atmospheric horror film that featured a fine lead turn by Lance Henriksen (fresh off 'Near Dark' and 'Aliens').A revenge thriller with a 'golem' like creature let loose in the backwoods is a good excuse for some well done creature effects. Deep or even logical it is not. Worth a look for the genre hounds but stay away from the derivative sequels.
Surprisingly works VERY well, in no small part to do with Winston's brilliant creation of the monster. While used sparingly, it is still quite frightening, and feels real (it doesn't have the problems that other monsters from the same time period had). Adult handling of themes regarding the morality and revenge, especially for a horror flick. Henriksen is at his best, which is perfect for a movie like this one.