Oct. 13, 2013
By Adam Ruhl
At face value The Nest might not seem like much; a more or
less direct-to-video 1988 film that I had never heard of before now. The Nest
falls into that not-so-respected horror sub-genre of “Swarms of something”
attacks small isolated town. Since Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ it’s been tried with
every kind of animal from spiders to snakes to worms. The Nest presents us with
swarms of cockroaches, as made clear by the cover art which features a six-foot-tall
roach attacking a woman in her underwear. The question I found myself asking up
front was why would Scream Factory want to reintroduce such a title to the
world in High-Def? What I found when I sat down and watched the movie was that
they had found a lovely little would-be, could-be cult horror film gem in The
First off, The Nest is firmly anchored in the 80’s, it’s so
80’s, it’s still voting for Ronald Reagan. Big hair, acid washed jeans,
synthesizer soundtrack, it’s so authentic to its time period it’s almost a
cliché. If The Nest ran midnight showings 80’s nostaglists could dress up as
the characters and stand out in a crowd. <>>
The film is based on a book about a small island community
that has leased land to a genetics firm called Intec. The Sheriff is dating the
diner owner, but his old flame comes back into town. The ex-Girlfriend’s father
is the mayor who is in league with Intec to breed killer mutant cockroaches. The
love triangle and all other plots become moot when the roaches get loose on the
townsfolk. From then on it’s pure cult, campy fun as roaches eat animals,
perfectly severe limbs off of garbage men, and generally cause mayhem and
destruction. Though to be honest the people seem to cause more destruction with
their poor decisions than the bugs do. <>>
Soon the cockroaches begin to evolve into hybrid creatures
such as roach-cats and roach-people. If this film were made today it would be a
Syfy original movie and everyone would be talking about it. <>>
Unlike a lot of the other Scream Factory releases, The Nest
as a disc is pretty bare bones. Only an audio commentary is included in the way
of features. There’s no illustrated cover art, just the original box art and
not even a trailer for the movie. <>>
The transfer is clean and probably far and above any other
release this film may have had since its debut. However that may be of limited
importance given the small budget picture status of the movie itself. The
widescreen presentation also lays bare a couple of production flaws; look close
for the shot with a crewman’s head in the frame. <>>
Story: C / All story elements not roach mayhem related are
secondary and quickly abandoned.
Presentation quality: A- / Clean transfer.
Scare factor: C- / Goofy fun and gross, not scary.
Gore Factor: B+ / Roaches pop out of people’s eyes and strip
animals to the bone. Roach milkshakes.
Repeat view-ability: B / You’ll want to show this one to
your friends. Maybe make your own Nest drinking games. <>>
Special Features: D / One audio commentary and that’s about
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