Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") directs this gruesome adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's 1894 short story. The sheriff (Sean Patrick Flanery) of a small Texas town becomes obsessed with childhood memories of "the damned thing" that appeared to avenge the crime of his mother's murder. Believing the nameless evil is returning to kill again, the lawman struggles to avoid inheriting what may be a family curse. Ted Raimi, Alex Ferris co-star. 58 min. Soundtrack: English.