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The Roost (2005)

Tom Noonan , Karl Jacob , Ti West  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Noonan, Karl Jacob, Vanessa Horneff, Sean Reid, Wil Horneff
  • Directors: Ti West
  • Writers: Ti West
  • Producers: Larry Fessenden, James Felix McKenney, Peter Phok, Susan Leber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GH3CMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Roost" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of The Roost
  • Truth About Bats: A bat expert discloses the myths
  • Student film by director Ti West
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Four friends, on their way to a Halloween wedding, get into a horrifying car accident in the middle of nowhere. Searching for help, they come across an desolate, mysterious farm. Unbeknownst to them, the friends' presence awaken an ancient evil and creatures of the night awaken - and the undead rise. A night of relentless horror begins.

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good clean campy fun! August 31, 2006
I saw this film when it had a theatrical run last year. The entire film is contexualized as a midnight movie feature complete with actor Tom Noonan as a fictional "host" who guides you through the whole movie.

It is not very scary, but if you are looking for an old school 80's style slumber party gore-fest, you can do a lot worse!

The director Ti West obviously has a lot of love for 80's horror and has created an awesome love letter/worthy addition to the genre.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Writer/director Ti West's film "The Roost" is not the best low budget horror film, but it does have its high points.

The film uses entertaining host segments that pay homage to the any number of TV horror movie shows. "The Horror Host" (Tom Noonan) introduces the film and occasionally pauses it to interject his own campy observations. I haven't decided if the "host" segments were intended from the beginning or if they were added to the finished product to stretch it out to a feature length film, whatever the case they add a bit of extra originality to the overall film.

The movie itself follows four twenty-somethings on their way to a friend's wedding when they become stranded after their car hits a bat... yeah well it could happen. Anyway, the group ends up at a remote farmhouse. The owners of the farm have already mysteriously disappeared after entering their gigantic barn. Soon enough the viewer learns that it is the "Roost" of bats in the barn that is responsible. They not only kill and horribly disfigure anyone they come in contact with, but for some un-explained reason the bodies come back to life as zombies. Following usual zombie rules, if you get bitten you turn into one and so it is that the four friends must face the killer bats and several re-animated corpses.

Overall "The Roost" does a pretty good job. It drags a bit at times, but the special effects are surprisingly good for an obviously low budget production. The film doesn't hold any real twists or surprises; if you are familiar with the genre then you can guess where the film is going. That being said, when being taken for what it is, low budget horror entertainment "The Roost" delivers a pretty good amount of bang for your buck. I give "The Roost" a five out of ten and say that you should check it out and see how it bangs for you!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was that? October 9, 2006
Please consider buying a used copy for half the price/ I wish I would have. Bought it based on the cover and the editorial review. Big Mistake! The cover was far cooler than the movie and the editorial was not exactly accurate and kinda misleading! It was indeed about a group of kids who have (you guessed it) car trouble! That is where the similarity ends. The bats were not awakened by the kids. They were there from the beginning scene and who knows how they got there. I sure don't. If you are looking for a good bat movie there are better ones out there for sure. I thought this one was lacking in substance. And no, i do not mean lots of blood and gore. I'll take that in a movie, sure, but I am not so shallow as to think that is all there is to a good scare. This movie just never gets off the ground and then it's over! No suspense or chills and thrills. Not much really going on with the BATS! And the freaky Egor narrator at the beginning of the movie? What is all that for anyway? He interrupts the movie several times which is just down right distracting and aggravating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only one little "er" away from monster chicken hijinx! December 25, 2008
The Roost (2004) This extremely low budget flick from director Ti West starts off with an old school TV horror host (Tom Noonan, of all people!) opening his show which is going to be showing a movie called The Roost. After a few minutes of the standard horror host shtick, the real movie begins, which sends four twentysomething nobodies off to the boonies for someone's wedding. Before they can arrive however, the car of course breaks down, stranding the quartet (all together now) out in the middle of nowhere! Making their bad night even worse, the farmhouse they go seek help from has a barn full of mutant vampire bats! And the farm's owners, already attacked and killed, are actually a second menace to Our Heroes. Which leads me to one thing I've noticed about low budget monster movies in the last few years: If your main monster is too expensive to have on screen long enough to menace everyone that needs menacing, one fall back is to have your main creature's attack turn its victim into a zombie. That way, if you only have enough money for at most three adequate CGI scenes of bats/giant spiders/cockroaches/snakes attacking plus your big climax , but you have four or six main cast members, you can glop cheap goopy zombie makeup on the first couple of victims and have them knock off a couple of the others so you can save the effects for the climax. And that's what we have here. From there, you can kind of map this one out. Breaking it all down into pluses and minues: on the plus side, it's always nice to see Noonan. There are a couple of nice jump scenes. The CGI on the bats is extremely well done, especially considering the movie's budget. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Bats Galore!
Fangoria calls this "a horror gem." The Los Angeles Times says "this is full of scares and impressive effects". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wow
I'll admit it: I made a big mistake. I watched this movie when I was tired and didn't get it and gave it a bad review. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
3.0 out of 5 stars If you can make it through the first 2/3s...
The beginning 2/3s of the movie is slow and boring as all get out. However the final 1/3 of the movie is AMAZING! Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet movie. If you want to be scared then definatly get
sweet movie. If you want to be scared then definatly get. I still have nightmares about the zombie shuffling around
Published 14 months ago by Sean C. Mclaughlin
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not come home to roost
Released in 2005, but with a retro 70's feel, The Roost has the intention of being a scary film but in the end fails miserably. Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by P. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLFARM...
THE ROOST is the perfect movie to add to your next halloween marathon, right along w/ NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, FRIGHTMARE, etc. Read more
Published on March 28, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
When i seen Wil Horneff and his sister Vanessa was in a horror movie together called the roost i was hoping that it would be about Vampire bats and i was right. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Rondall Banks
2.0 out of 5 stars Roosting of the eyes
I have one of those wonderful devices called a DVR and I was perusing the horror films one night and this was listed with a good review and one of the more interesting lines that... Read more
Published on March 7, 2008 by Richard Nervous
2.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooo Boring!
I really wanted to like this film, I really did! I remember watching the trailer and thinking, "For an indie horror film, this doesn't look half bad. Read more
Published on October 20, 2007 by The SMART Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars An unheralded and unseen ode to bygone horror movies
ATTENTION HORROR FANS! This may be just the type of fright flick that you've been looking for... gritty film stock, perfect use of music and sound (especially violin stabs! Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by D. Wilson
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Are These DVDs Part Of Anyother Wild Kingdom DVD Set?
this is not a set; this is a horror movie called The Roost. It has nothing to do with nature shows and animals. There is a special feature on the DVD with a bat expert, but that's it.
Nov 28, 2011 by compsciguy |  See all 2 posts
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