The acting in the film was mixed to say the least, but given that this was some of the actors first big film, or very early in their career, I'm going to give it a pass. Charlie Sheen did a great job with his role and was good at keeping people guessing. Sherilyn Fenn was good considering this was her first role in a big film, she did a decent job of showing the emotional stress of the situation she was in. Nick Cassavetes was great as the villain of the film, Packard Walsh. He was intimidating and creepy at times, but also had some funny lines with good delivery. By far my favorite performance in the film was Randy Quaid as Sheriff Loomis . It's unusual to see him playing a serious character, and he is as good at it as he is at a more comedic one.
The music of the film is an interesting case. The director wanted to go with an entirely different soundtrack for the film, but the studio wanted the music that ended up being in the final version in the film. This is a rare occasion where I actually have to side with the studio, the music in the film is outstanding and really pumps up the energy level of the film. The soundtrack included songs from popular artists of the time such as Ozzy Osbourne, Lion, Stan Bush, Billy Idol and Robert Palmer.
Verdict: Definitely check it out if you like action or revenge films.