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The Nest (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (1988)

Robert Lansing , Lisa Langlois , Terence H. Winkless  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Frank Luz, Terri Treas, Stephen Davies
  • Directors: Terence H. Winkless
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009INAJ6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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! Can they be stopped before they bug death?

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roger Corman takes on killer roaches! May 9, 2007
One thing you can say about Roger Corman: he's consistent. "Consistent" meaning his films always turn a profit (supposedly). "Consistent" also means that a viewer sitting down to a watch a Corman flick will consistently find the film in question larded with enough cheese to clog an elephant's arteries. You will see cheesy acting, cheesy special effects, and cheesy plots. Depending on the type of genre, you'll also find plenty of gory mayhem, beautiful babes, and nudity from the aforementioned beautiful babes. That's Roger Corman in a nutshell. Oh wait, I almost forgot; he's also the biggest ripoff artist in Hollywood history. Any film that has hit the big time in the last forty years invariably sees Roger Corman making a similar flick in an effort to cash in on the more successful offering. For example, when "Jaws" hit the jackpot back in the 1970s, Corman followed up with several pictures capitalizing on monsters run amok. When the car movie craze swept America in the late 1970s, Roger quickly jumped aboard by releasing films focusing on cars. "Star Wars" saw our man releasing several science fiction films strongly resembling, well, "Star Wars". That's Corman for you. Love him or leave him.

"The Nest," a 1988 feature from the House of Corman, falls into the category of animals run amok. It's also a throwback to the old monster features of the 1950s and 1960s except this one is in color and loaded with gore effects. If you have any doubts about what I'm saying, take a gander at the cover art for the DVD. A skimpily clad woman locked in life or death combat with a gigantic roach. Kinda says it all, doesn't it? Let's move on. "The Nest," set on some island called North Port, has a big problem.
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good, entertaining film; poor, disappointing DVD... August 26, 2002
I guess I'm one of the hundred or so people who've had the pleasure of viewing this "cockroach classic"(as Roger Corman puts it). Saw it for the first time probably a decade ago, near the time that I was introduced to the horror genre. With a reasonable script and decent acting, the film's already ahead of the genre curve. Add to that a healthy dose of genuine suspense, a few squirm-inducing scenes, and some surprisingly good special effects during the final act, and you end up with one effective horror flick. This is not high art, but it's not the cheesy exploitation film the DVD's cover implies, either. If you go in expecting a B-movie you won't be disappointed, and you may even be impressed. However, if you go in expecting "Citizen Kane"...; well, you deserve what you get.
It would be an understatement to say the announcement of this disc caught me by surprise. Thank God for Roger Corman! If it weren't for him, "The Nest" probably would've been condemned to VHS for eternity. Sadly, this DVD is not the improvement for which one might hope. In fact, I hesitate to say that it's an improvement at all. Though my VHS copy is long gone and I've no basis for comparison, this DVD is lacking in every category. The packaging claims "Digitally Remastered", but from what source?
To start, the picture is noisy more often than not; this is especially apparent in the many darker sequences. Shadow detail is near nonexistent, making those special effects I mentioned very hard to discern. It wouldn't surprise me if this transfer was made from an old composite video master. This just doesn't look like film to me(though I'm no expert). The audio doesn't fare any better. A standard Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 192kb/s, I'm not sure if it's stereo or mono, but it certainly isn't surround.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you bug bomb you home before bed!
The 80's had many horror movies and this is one of the best. Decent acting, great (and gross) special effects and well a really great monsters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy crawler movie setting the stage for future ones
I'd heard of this film from my preteens, and it sounded rather creepy. Having watched it recently, I wasn't far off. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P or T's reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
Fairly typical creature feature horror movie. This one is tons of small (mostly) monsters rather than the other kind with one or few big ones. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseph R. Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars What is your threshold for lame horror.
I can't wholly blast this terrible movie because, on the surface it's my kind of B-movie cheese. But something never clicked. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Undersaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun killer bug movie that looks and sounds better than ever!
In a small New England island town community, there is a huge roach problem going on including some people missing with dead corpses of both animals and people showing up. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
Killer cockroaches eeeww! I saw this years ago and it was creepy as hell.. I don't know how anyone could let bugs crawl on yourself....
Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Combo packs
This is to the reviewer above. Who the heck doesn't have a blu-ray player by now, they're under $100 now for heavens sake. Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Andrew Hildebrandt
1.0 out of 5 stars Another company forcing consumers to buy BluRay
I love the fact that The Nest is finally being re-released remastered widescreen. Unfortunately, as a collector only interested in buying the DVD I am now forced to spend... Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by TVDVDFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded a bit of my childhood.
This movie brought back tearful memories of my childhood. Back when we lived in a roach infested project building in Jersey City N.J. (Thank god I dont live there anymore! Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by HILLBILYHIPPYMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Here kitty kitty....
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? Read more
Published on March 12, 2011 by Einsatz
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