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Nest [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
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By MPS on 17 April 2014
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Great little 80s monster movie with plenty of schlock. The cast are all great, not least of all Lisa Langlois who is an absolute angel and at her sexiest in this flick. Check out her arse as she enters the cave!

The Blu-ray itself is fantastic: Picture quality's great and so is the audio. There aren't many extras, but who the hell needs them?! I often find they detract from the movie by divulging far too much info that you didn't need to know.

Buy this now! You WILL NOT be disappointed. Lisa Langlois is a babe!
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***This review is for the Region A Scream Factory release of the nest****

The quiet town of new port on a sunny island somewhere off the coast of California finds itself terrorised by a new and deadly menace, intelligent and deadly Cockeroaches that are able to adapt to any threat and become whatever they eat. Very quickly the Roaches begin to decimate the small island and its up to a motley group of survivors including a scientist and the local sherriff to stop them before the deadly critters can reach the mainland.

When you buy a Blu-ray with cover art showing a giant roach attacking a semi-naked woman you expect a certain kind of film. I'm glad to say THE NEST, released by Rodger Cormans CONCORD ENTERTAINMENT does not dissapoint. Certainly if you were looking for something more sophisticated from a killer bug movie you may find this film a little dissapointing. If your after a bunch of people dying gorey deaths at the hands of killer insects then this is well worth watching. It's still nice to watch a film where the effect are done practically and in this film they are nicely done and very 'gloopy'. The film fits nicely in the pantheon of killer insects alongside classics like phase 4, Bug and the micheal caine classic the swarm. Basically if your after 90 minutes of killer bug fun then this is the film for you!

Once again its scream factory so the disc is region locked. It looks lovely on Blu-ray and really shines. We also get an interesting commentary track thrown in as well.
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The Nest was a superb 80's creature feature bug attack film, it also inspired other films like Mimic which was kind of similar only with a bigger budget. I was relatively excited when this obscure cult low budget sci/fi horror film was being released by Scream Factory since I never even heard of this film before. Produced by Roger Corman, The Nest is a bug film which serves a vehicle for some fun gross special effects and make up complimented by surprisingly good acting (well some of it was good).

The film opens with young Sheriff Richard Tarbell (played by Frank Luz) puttering around his bungalow in the morning before heading into work, though you get the impression that most days at work for Richard don’t involve very much action. Following a brief interaction with a roach who seemed to have gotten lost from the pack, we move with Richard through the island town of North Point. We establish that this a quiet town off the mainland that apart from tourist season, rarely sees any excitement. We also get to meet the town mayor, played by Robert Lansing. In the first few moments of the film, he interacts with an agent of a mysterious corporation called INTEC. Though we don’t get the full story from this stunted interaction, we do see that INTEC has made a deal with the mayor to do “something” on the island in return for an investment.

Thrown into the mix is the mayor’s daughter Elizabeth played by Lisa Langlois (Happy Birthday To Me, Class of 1984), who turns out to be a long lost love of Richard who left the island for years after her mother’s tragic death. As the film progresses, we learn that INTEC was using the island as a testing ground for a new species of cockroach. More specifically, a breed of roach that eats other roaches and then die off.
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this is another from my ancient collection of 80's horror. A bug- fest of the "Revenge of nature" cycle of movies out there. Its body horror on a thrifty budget. Totally 80's in style where the bad guys wear white lab coats and the local cops are the heroes. The big transformation at the end is a rather scrawny version of Jeff Goldblum's metamorphosis in "The Fly". Its a tad slow in places but well made enough to keep your interest till the final reel of flesh crawling carnage. Its got nothing new to offer the genre but if you like creature features it should raise a knowing smile from your jaded visages. Dont expect kafka though. thanks!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crunchingly good Scream Factory release, but disturbingly light on the extras... 11 Feb. 2017
By Leslie Karen Rigsbey - Published on Amazon.com
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Director Terence H. Winkless (from Illinois originally, not born and raised in the land of celluloid) guides this roach-infested monster flick under the banner of Roger Corman's company, who saved what was (seemingly) an already flailing project. Initially started before Winkless came aboard the production (Winkless discusses, on his very informative audio commentary track, how he got chosen as the director--basically because no one else really desired to make a picture about cockroaches!), Corman eventually put Winkless under contract, and managed to get the lovely and gorgeous Lisa Langlois to come aboard (I didn't even realize she was in this picture until after I ordered it, but I was pleasantly surprised--jackpot!). This is a standard, let's experiment with the cockroaches on an abandoned island type of story, but overall the picture is a lot of fun to watch. There are some creative gore effects, not too much profanity, and some really humorous moments (and outrageously misplaced dialogue). Winkless mentions that the movie was inspired by "The Fly"--and one scene in particular is purely derivative of that earlier film. But other than that, the cat-roach creature, and the final monstrosity that appears near the climax, is worth the price of admission alone. The real reason to purchase this neat little Blu-Ray/DVD reissue of THE NEST is to listen to the director's commentary. He mentions that the production basically included his friends and some family members (probably any director's preferred way of casting!), and that, if cell phones had been around so prevalently in these older days, Winkless wouldn't have gotten the job because some top brass at the company never officially approved of him to direct at all! But we must not dwell upon the wonderful old days of loose and independent free market filmmaking, else we might wind up getting depressed. And THE NEST, despite a few animals in distress moments, is not a joyless picture at all. It is clichéd at times, and it basically follows a kind of outdoor adventure scenario (with many interior scenes kept brief), but overall it is a worthwhile B-movie. Especially when we start to get more creatures after the rather lugubrious first half.
Somewhat tragically, Scream Factory neglected to track down and include an audio (or even video) interview with the author of the original source novel, Eli Cantor (1913-2006) (who published fiction under the pseudonym Gregory A. Douglas), a cultural item that would have been worth something to us nerds. Cantor was a successful businessman, a composer (one of his string quartets was choreographed by the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and later performed), a writer, and even an artist/sculptor. His early short stories also won acclaim by literary folks, and his interest in journalism even led him into a career as a fiction editor at a major magazine. According to Cantor's daughter, the man was pleased with this movie (though it didn't really follow his novel very closely), and it's a shame that we didn't get his thoughts about his work being adapted for film. Winkless doesn't bother mentioning the source novel on his audio commentary track, but really the project had become a movie before he signed on to direct it so I don't blame him for not talking about a field that isn't his own in the first place (i.e., the buying of source novels for film projects). In addition, I think a new interview from Corman would have been nice to see as well, but, sadly, THE NEST has come up short in terms of extras. But Winkless provides a tremendously informative audio commentary track, if you are interested in film studies. The director mentions everybody from the continuity writer to the editor to the Corman connection, and it's all detailed verbally in this wonderful extra. If you are wondering how directors work in this business, this commentary track goes a long way towards explaining how the hiring and firing process works for independent movies, and a reliable bean field hand like Winkless really does know his stuff (Winkless mentions that people who watch this kind of movie "don't care whether or not the cat gets killed"...uh, I have to take umbrage with that comment! But this is a genre picture, so we all know what to expect, after all.) Other than that, the picture has great sound and a pretty decent picture transfer overall. If you like this kind of thing, what are you waiting for? Upgrade! B+ (for the whole thing)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood has only once yielded a better killer cockroach movie. But this has a roach-cat monster! 18 Aug. 2012
By John's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
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Not to be confused with the completely dissimilar The Nesting (1981), this is a vermin gone monstrously wrong flick that starts out slow but ultimately does well for itself and gorehound horrorfans. While you'll never see the scene depicted on the provocative DVD cover, this was a respectable and surprisingly nudity-free Roger Corman flick that really deserves a chance. After all, Hollywood has only once yielded a better killer cockroach movie (i.e., Mimic).

It's tourist season in a New England fishing town and, just like in Jaws (1975) or Piranha 3D (2010), the people are very concerned about their island community's tourist season revenue. But Sheriff Tarbell's (Robert Lansing; Empire of the Ants) recent missing person reports are becoming less than routine when roaches start killing people--after they tired of killing rats, cats and dogs, of course.

His old flame who just got back in town, Beth (Lisa Langois), stumbles across a strange research prospectus and, like anyone cast in a cheap horror flick, investigates on her own. Near the town, she finds an old research site. Who's research?

Kicked out of MIT for conducting illegal experiments, Dr. Hubbard (Terri Treas) was working on making a roach that would eat other roaches. I liked her from the start. She handles an oozy animal corpse like it's no big deal and uses a live cat as "bait" in a roach trap--doesn't end well for the cat. Just like in Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Dr. Hubbard knows far more than she tells the townspeople. There's always someone who knows but doesn't share the knowledge to save lives...ever since the days of Alien (1979) all the way to Prometheus (2012).

What Hubbard calls a Periplaneta hybrid has a "remarkable capacity for adaptation." They become immune to chemical agents over the span of 15 minutes of running time. So evacuate, right? No. Dr. Hubbard has "everything completely under control" and thinks she can do it another way. These roaches are regular size but can bite through heavy duty rubber gloves, make giant slimy cocoons, and with every generation they evolve into more dangerous, chemically resistant, and intelligent roaches than their progenitors. These roaches start working together to eliminate their human pests and will even cut off the electricity to do it (which reminds me of the domestic nightmare rat pest from Of Unknown Origin).

All in good fun, these roaches instantaneously delete flesh and body parts on contact and, at one point, a guy sinks into them as if he were sinking in quicksand or, perhaps, a meat grinder. The fun really starts when we learn that they "become" what they eat. We meet a roach-cat hybrid-thing that looks like a skinned cat with antennae and mandibles leaping about and trying to kill people (reminiscent of The Thing). And a guy goes through an elaborately gross transformation and is turned into a grotesquely gored up, skinless, roach-human zombie hybrid which, with a strong but much less poetic nod to The Fly (1986), is killed by a shotgun to the head at point blank by a loved one. The "queen" roach is a ridiculously macabre masterpiece of combined human corpses, some mandibles, and I don't even know what else.

I hope that last paragraph sold you. It sure would have worked on me. If you enjoy gore then you'd be stupid to skip this delicious flick.

IF YOU LIKED THIS WATCH: Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Of Unknown Origin (1983), Gnaw: Food of the Gods II (1989), Slugs (1989), Piranha 3D (2010), The Thing (2011).

SCIENTIFIC SIDEBAR: A few pieces of nonsense to dismiss. 1) This movie features many unrelated genera (and, by extension, species) of cockroach--Periplaneta (Blattidae), Gromphadorrhina, Blaberus (Blaberidae). 2) The town's entomologist diagnoses oothecae (roach egg cases) as roach droppings even though the producers used real handfuls of oothecae as props. 3) Roaches do not have queens. 4) If a roach eats a cat and then lays eggs, I am almost certain that it will take longer than overnight before a mandibled, skinless, roach-cat hybrid-thing attacks you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Roaches are a comin! 6 Dec. 2009
By Marvin Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun little horror movie, from Roger Corman,and is about what you would expect. Science mixed with bugs goes horribly wrong! It all takes place on an island, and has the usual cast of characters. Crazy old Coot, Struggling waitress, bad guy in the big house, and our hero police Chief. One thing that stood out to me was the groovy 80's fashions that the lead lady wore. An acid washed jumpsuit with black high top sneakers with red laces. I can remember girls in my High School wearing pretty much the same thing. Some people will say, OH that is so dated, but I like remembering the way it used to be. Just like films from the seventies. It's like getting a time machine glimpse into the past.As far as scares, well there really arent any. You can hear the roaches clicking and chirping a mile away.There are a few good gore scenes, if you like that stuff. There is a close up of a dudes eyeball falling out of it's socket, which was nasty, but the girl witnessing this didn't even scream, she just sort of makes these little frightened sounds. If I even see a mouse run across the floor, I'm screaming. These people in horror movies have some serious backbones!!! The lady scientist that shows up on the island and who is really behind the killer roaches, looked alot like a young Delta Burke, and really was not convincing as a person of science.There was no nudity that I remember, which surprised me, considering this was from the same bunch that brought us Humanoids from the Deep. This is worth watching, because it moves along pretty well, with lots of good scenes, and has a nasty monster at the very end.I recommend this to any 80s horror fans, or any one who has a phobia of bugs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Here kitty kitty.... 12 Mar. 2011
By Einsatz - Published on Amazon.com
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Tame, by anyone's standards, The Nest was exactly what I expected so I wasn't disappointed. It's fifth rate but I loved it. Really, killer cockroaches, how can you go wrong? And the fact that they later "made" something of themselves is priceless. I know it's riddled with clichés throughout but in this type of film you count on that. The dialog is corny, the story filled with great lapses in logic, the solution strictly rudimentary, the acting barely adequate (although Robert Lansing, the only BIG name star slumming in this feature, had one moment that was rather unexpected in its authenticity), plus a pervasion low budget feel that is inescapable (there's supposed to be an entire town filled with people but you never see it or the people, just parts and a few...diehards). Some not so shocking shocks and an incredible performance by Terri Treas as the mad scientist (she easily stole the movie from the bugs), makes this one a definite keeper!

People with high expectations are out of luck.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, fun B horror film 18 May 2016
By Brandon meacham - Published on Amazon.com
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A great, fun B horror film. However the lighting quality on this film at times was distracting, it was too dark to where the action or scenes with the roaches couldn't be fully viewed. The audio was okay, not great and the picture has a slight tint to it. I still enjoyed this film though.
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