THE NEST (1988) Reviews and overview

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‘Roaches have never tasted meat… until now.’

The Nest is a 1988 American creature feature horror feature film directed by Terence H. Winkless (Not of This Earth [1995]; Twice as Dead), from a screenplay written by Robert King (Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge; BrainDead), based on the novel by Eli Cantor. The movie stars Robert LansingLisa Langlois, Franc Luz and Terri Treas.

The film was made for Roger Corman‘s Concorde Pictures by his producer wife Julie Corman (Saturday the 14th; Chopping Mall; Sharktopus).

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The sheriff of a small island town called North Port has a roach problem in his house. According to the local exterminator Homer (played by Stephen Davies), it turns out the whole town is about to have a big roach problem. Pets, and then people, begin to disappear…

Although Sheriff Richard Tarbell (played by Frank Luz) is dating Lillian, the owner of the local eatery, his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Johnson returns to the island after a four-year absence and their romance blooms again. Elizabeth (Lisa Langlois) happens to be the daughter of the town’s mayor, Elias Johnson (Robert Lansing), who is in cahoots with an evil corporation called INTEC that has been secretly breeding mutant roaches that are immune to normal insect repellants. They also seem to have the ability to assume the form of anything they kill, leading to some animal/roach hybrids and even a roach/human combo…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

The Nest is a truly great film, a near-perfect 1980′s style update of the much-loved creature feature genre. There is a great deal of insect action, and for those not averse to the sight of swarming, vicious cockroaches, there is a wildly entertaining ride ahead.’ James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

‘The body count is sufficient, but the characters are painfully generic across the board, complete with stock personal demons to deal with – the hero’s girl comes back to town and rekindles their relationship, her dad is the asshole town mayor, they don’t get along due to her mother’s death, etc, etc.’ Horror Movie a Day

‘Though at times painfully obvious in its low budget roots, The Nest is a fun, if not entirely original, mix of science gone mad killer bugs and The Thing inspired mutations. The film moves at a pretty solid pace and if there isn’t much in the way of legitimate suspense or tension the film isn’t short on creepy bugs and gross imagery.’ Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

‘The carnivorous cockroaches are essentially insect-ified piranha who make short work of ripping flesh from the bones of their prey, so things frequently get very bloody, very quickly. We’ve got skinless dogs, skinless cat attacks, a skinless roach/human hybrid taking a shotgun facial, and a doozy of a scene where a woman has an arm ripped off followed by having her head split open like a ripe cantaloup.’ Manchester Morgue

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Filming locations:

Bronson Caves, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, as well as Malibu, Leo Carillo Beach, and Catalina Island


One Comment on “THE NEST (1988) Reviews and overview”

  1. Am I the only person to Realize that they totally Ripped off this Films plot/concept to make the movie Mimic [1997] ??? it would be nice if this ‘original’ movie got some credit for being the forerunner to the interesting/freakish concept of a Human/Insect Hybrid.

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