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The Nesting [Blu-ray] (1981)

Robin Groves , Christopher Loomis , Armand Weston  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Groves, Christopher Loomis, Michael David Lally, John Carradine, Gloria Grahame
  • Directors: Armand Weston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SL04WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"An Atmospheric Haunted House Thriller!" -- Variety

"Maximum Suspense And Horror!" -- The New York Post

"Scary And Spooky!" -- Miami Harold

"Slick And Grisly... Carefully Rigged To Induce Shock!" -- Bruce Williamson, Playboy

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The Terror That Hides Inside Your Mind!

Agoraphobic mystery novelist Lauren Cochran decides to leave the city in an attempt to cure her recent writer's block. She rents an old Victorian house in the quiet countryside, unaware of its shocking history. As those around her suffer increasingly violent deaths, Lauren begins to unravel the truth: the house was once an infamous brothel now haunted by the victims of a bloody massacre. Will her terrifying phobia allow her to escape from THE NESTING?

Also known as MASSACRE MANSION and PHOBIA, this eerie house of horrors was co-written, produced, and directed by notorious adult filmmaker Armand Weston, and stars Robin Groves (STEPHEN KING'S SILVER BULLET), John Carradine (SHOCK WAVES, THE HOWLING), and Academy Award(r) winner Gloria Grahame (THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, OKLAHOMA!) in her final film role. Long unavailable on home video, THE NESTING has been newly transferred in blood-curdling High Definition from the original camera negative!

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Grumpy, Annoying People Die!... August 21, 2010
Format:VHS Tape
THE NESTING Concerns an agoraphobic novelist (Robin Groves) who moves into a house that just might be haunted. Along the way, we are introduced to the impatient therapist, the ultra-goofy boyfriend, the cranky handyman, and an extremely nasty man named Abner (!). Thankfully, most of these jerks are subjected to horrible deaths at the hands of supernatural forces! This is a horror / thriller along the lines of THE SHINING, THE SENTINEL, BURNT OFFERINGS, etc., and has a solid story w/ a nice, twisty ending. Enjoy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem May 15, 2013
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The Nesting looks like it was shot in NY State, which is always a good idea because it has so many great locations that would work in a horror movie, and the makers of this movie found a house as archetypal to horror as the one in Psycho. There's no ghost story in cinema history like this that I've ever seen, and it delivers the good on atmosphere, shock, suspense, and has a few great scares to it. The late seventies and early eighties were a boom period for horror. The Nesting is one that didn't do that badly, but for some reason fell under the cultural radar for a very long time.

Blue Underground's claim that it's been "unavailable" on video is generally true. I remember seeing this one time, and one time only on cable in the eighties, never seeing it again until I bought this Blu-ray, incredible, but it was well worth the wait. As usual, BU has done a perfect job here with the transfer, both in sound and audio, boosting the sound up to an optional 7.1 mix. Everything here is real HD. Strongly recommended in every sense if you love horror.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whicccccccccccccccccck! Ow! July 2, 2011
By Einsatz
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For a person suffering from agoraphobia, the lead character, Lauren Cochran (played by Robin Groves) sure got around! Since the plot never really took full advantage of that, realistically speaking, I can't figure out why it was mentioned so often and used so little. She was literally running all over the place! And, it wasn't the least bit interesting. As horror movies go (and this one really didn't), you need to stay focused, on target. Pick a plot point and run with it, not just run!
The premise was almost too basic: a writer rents a house to write in and soon discovers it's haunted and that she might have some kind of connection to it. The owner of the house is an old geezer with a secret (the always dependable John Carradine). To round out the cast there are scads of local creepy people (all connected to THE secret), a nondescript boyfriend, and a rather snotty therapist. This isn't counting all the ghosts. The deaths are few and far between but rather well done (I especially love the sickle scene). I also liked some of the weird dream sequences. My only major complaint has to do with the casting of Robin Groves as the writer who never gets around to writing. She is thoroughly unsympathetic, I found her more annoying than likable. When you can't care about what the main character is suffering through, that doesn't leave much to hold your interest. It also didn't help that the pacing is a bit slow and the movie is too long.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked horror October 2, 2011
I have to start out by saying, when I first saw the nesting it was transfer from a VHS and I really did not like the movie. Fast forward to present time I saw blue underground was going to releasing it, surprised blue underground put time and effort into a new release and not wasting their time releasing everything they have already released on blue ray, with that said I like blue undergrounds work and I decided to give the movie a second try and I really enjoyed the movie, it's not a bloody or gory movie per say, but it does have its moments and it will not dissapoint (go into the movie with an open mind Another thing I really appreciated about this movie is that the story is really good, and it does not drag along like the majority of horror movies. Blue Underground did a hell of a job with this release and it would be nice to start seeing them put more effort into aquiring new titles, hopefully a offical announcement comes soon that they are releasing Joe Zito's Bloodrage.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nesting October 7, 2011
A bit scary but what I like is how different it pales to other Horror movies of the era and of even now,despite the obvious later on as it unravels there is a sort of class about it,a classiness if you will that made the film enjoyable,The Creepy House and the author's strange behavior all make it worth watching.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really obscure one! May 5, 2012
Put this one in the same class as other really good haunted house thrillers. It is as good as the likes of The Hearse (sort of a haunted house movie), The Amityville Horror, and Burnt Offerings. This house is even cooler looking than all the other houses (although the Amityville house would give it a run for the money). A writer moves to the country on an R and R trip to get over her agoraphobia in the big city. Little does she know, there are terrible revelations that she begins to discover after she moves in. I've got the Blu-Ray version of this movie and the picture looks very good (about as good as it is going to look). The picture won't stand out but for a film that is over 30 years old it has no flaws in the picture but it still looks like it is from the early 80's. This is a really rare film that not many horror fans know about. It is worth seeing and owning. Glad this arrived on Blu-Ray. Check it out. Remember: the house is really awesome!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Horror
They don't make them like this anymore. Excellent supernatural horror flick that somehow got by me in the 70s. It was creepy, eerie and unpredictable... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PR GUY
4.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted house is Octagonal
I first watched this movie because of my interest in octagon houses back in the 80s. It was actually filmed at the famous Armour Stiner octagon house in Irvington New York. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gibson Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfary conclusion to a long search.
I saw this movie with a friend at a Drive-in shortly before I left the Pacific Northwest in '82. I thought it was a good flick and earlier this year began a search for the title. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nesting
I first saw this movie back in 1980, loved it and years later started looking for it again and could not fine it. Didn't think to look for it on amazon til this year and amazon. Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Geo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic & Scary
A must for horror fans. Story is set in a beautiful house where strange things happen. The score goes well with the movie.
Published on August 24, 2011 by jgrinder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nesting
This is an excellent movie. It is a true ghost story. For those of us who love a good ghost story this is one of my favorites. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by sandyskc
2.0 out of 5 stars Another day, another dollar, another haunted house story
And not a very good at that. At least not in the traditional sense. The acting is all right, and the story is okay, but I figured out the ending rather quickly, and I just didn't... Read more
Published on September 24, 2004 by Travis R. Wilson
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