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by Garon Cockrell
31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - The Nest
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Oct. 13, 2013 5:20 p.m.

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


The Nest

The Film:<>

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. <>

The Disc:<>

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. <>

The Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Terence H Winkless. – It may be the only feature but this commentary is worth your time. <>

The Specs:

  • 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.85:1

  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • English-only Audio & Subtitles

  • Original Release: 1988

  • Runtime: 87 minutes

  • Rated R<>

Final Grades:

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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