The Nest (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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In the mood for a fun "bad" movie? Something dripping with that cheezy goodness that populated the Horror video section of the old Mom & Pop movie rental store shelves? Read morePublished 24 days ago by David Girod
This is a great cheesy 80s creature feature. The visual effects in this film are way better than a lot of films from the era that are more well-known.Published 2 months ago by Paul G. Haapanen
A great, fun B horror film. However the lighting quality on this film at times was distracting, it was too dark to where the action or scenes with the roaches couldn't be fully... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brandon meacham
.......flat bad....if you love cockroach, then buy. If want to be scared or at least fear from insects, then forget this moviePublished 5 months ago by Kim dae-seong
I read the book before I watched this movie and the movie lived up to the book. That does not happen very often.Published 7 months ago by donald taber