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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fangoria calls this "a horror gem." The Los Angeles Times says "this is full of scares and impressive effects". Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mark J. House
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 morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Binky Chottorrhœhia
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 morePublished on September 23, 2013 by T. Hunter
sweet movie. If you want to be scared then definatly get. I still have nightmares about the zombie shuffling aroundPublished on August 26, 2013 by Sean C. Mclaughlin
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 morePublished on October 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 morePublished on May 30, 2008 by Rondall Banks