I don’t think I’ve ever felt as itchy as I was while watching the roach infested movie, The Nest. So chalk full of creepy crawlers, you’ll be scratching yourself long after the credits have finished rolling. Of course, that doesn’t really tell you if the movie is good or not, so read on to see whether you should invite this bug into your home, or get out the can of Raid instead…

Release: May 13th, 1988 
Rating: R   
Run time: 89 mins  
Starring: Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois    
Director: Terence H. Winkless 

Short nitty-gritty plot description from Scream Factory is as follows: Roaches have never tasted flesh…until now. 

The quiet town of North Port is being overrun by cockroaches! Sheriff Tarbell (Franc Luz) believes that genetic experiments being conducted by the INTEC Corporation are the cause. Confronted with a potential disaster, Mayor Johnson (Robert Lansing) calls for help. 

When Dr. Hubbard (Terri Treas) from INTEC arrives, she realizes that an innocent experiment has gone terribly wrong. Ordinary cockroaches are turning into creatures with a taste for blood. Worse, the roaches are genetically mutating… literally becoming whatever they eat!

Tatlock’s Quick ‘n Dirty Review: I’ll tell you right now, if bugs bother you, you might as well stop reading right now, cause The Nest isn’t going to be a movie for you. It’s chalk full of gross cockroaches, running about, devouring whatever they come in contact with. Of course, this wouldn’t be a horror movie if these cockroaches weren’t genetically modified. Nope, we can’t be content with regular bugs, we have to modify them so they can devour a man whole in a few seconds and then mutate into giant, ghastly beasts.

The Nest isn’t a great movie, but it sure as hell isn’t a bad movie. In fact, I ended up loving the damn thing, even though I was so busy scratching myself. Going in, I only knew what I saw from the awesome cover, but I didn’t know that it was going to be gory and funny at the same time. Yes, you read that right folks, The Nest actually has some funny bits in it and oddly enough, they only really start after the halfway point. It’s almost like a different writer and director came in and started giving us a different type of movie. The beginning half is slow and methodical with the killings and showing the roaches, but come the second half, we’re getting funny quips, roaches aplenty and mutated creatures as well. The gore starts showing up like crazy and I’m smiling from ear to ear. Have I peaked your interest enough to at least check out The Nest? I hope so!

I swear this guy must of broke into Mrs. Voorhees’ closet.

Blu-ray Features (sadly lacking this time around):

– Audio Commentary By Director Terence H. Winkless

Verdict: The Nest won’t ever be considered a masterpiece, but it certainly isn’t the worst giant bug movie out there, not in a long shot. It’s got plenty of kills; some which are gory, bugs that will make your skin crawl and finally some good ol’ fashion humour. I think this is one movie you’ll be happy to check out.


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