In past posts I've stated how there is a very fine line between the Horror and Thriller genres, this 80's classic is a great example of a film that is sat right in the middle of the two and manages to embrace both elements perfectly.
C. Thomas Howell who plays our victim, "Jim Halsey", is absolutely fantastic. His character is someone you warm to and really feel for when his life gets turned upside down in such a short space of time. Jennifer Jason Leigh's character "Nash" is well acted but her role seems somewhat of a fill in and you don't feel the same for her as she chose to be in that position, unlike "Jim Halsey" who was just very unlucky.
There was a remake of the film made in 2007 with Sean Bean, if you enjoy this film then I suggest you don't bother with it. The original version of the film is so much better and the remake doesn't really bring anything new to it, it's really just an un-necessary updated version of the original, a bit like Gus Van Sant's version of "Psycho".