Watched as part of Hooptober 5 in October 2018.
The creature's design is really cool, as one would expect of Stan Winston, who also worked on major sci-fi and horror successes like Aliens. Unfortunately I don't get the impression that he makes much of a director. The pacing is a bit off; the build-up feels too drawn out for how rushed the action is, and while the child's death is obviously pretty upsetting, I think a lot of that is the premise itself, rather than good writing, acting, or direction. It's just a bit exploitative - which shouldn't be too surprising in a hicksploitation movie, maybe.