Killer bug movies have always been a favorite of mine. It's not the bug themselves that creep me out; it's the sensation you get when one is crawling on you that really creeps me out. Our primitive instincts instantly react and we think the bug is going to bite us. It's the feeling of imminent doom that creates either of two reactions: We either swat at it or hold still and hope it will go away. If you have a fear of bugs and/or cockroaches, I'd recommend you stay away from this movie. Or, if you like being scared, then check it out. Watch your step, because you may come across...
The Nest 1988 Review
It opens up with Sheriff Richard Tarbell (Franc Luz, who played a deputy in the horror movie Ghost Town, which was released the same year) waking up and discovering he has a roach problem. He goes out for a spin around the island town of North Port in his police wagon and we are introduced to the characters in lightning fast succeson: There's Homer, Jake, Mrs. Pennington, and Tarbell's love interest, Lillian. The mayor's daughter, Elizabeth, is flying in to vit, and Tarbell and her reconnect. We are then introduced to the mayor talking with someone else about how "they" will be all over the place if they don't do something.
It is revealed that experimental cockroaches with a taste for blood have escaped from the Intech corporation, and Dr. Morgan Hubbard comes to help them get rid of them. The rest of the picture consts of the roaches eating people and even genetically mutating into whatever they eat. The Intech company agrees to let the town evacuate before spraying the place with lethal gases, and if everyone's not evacuated, they have to turn on the lighthouse. Our group of unlikely heroes discover that if they spray the place, only a little will get to the cockroaches' nest in a cave and therefore make them immune to the spray. The group now have to destroy the nest and turn on the lighthouse before they all get either gassed or eaten.
Produced by Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, The Nest is a very low-budget monster movie with a lot of charm. There's lots of gore, and it just seemed that with every pasng scene, it just got gorier and gorier. The special effects on the roach hybrids are fantastic and way better than anything CGI could have given us. The performances were all very good and believable, even if the movie itself is far-fetched. The pace is really fast, even if I felt it took a while for things to get moving, but once the ball is rolling, it never stops. It's intelligently written; while the events seem far-fetched, the science involved makes it seem like it could actually happen and that's surpring given this is from producer Roger Corman.
If you can't tell by now, I really enjoyed The Nest. It's an enjoyable B-movie that manages that great balance of horror and humor without ever breaking the fourth wall. I was kind of bored near the beginning, but once the roaches started munching, I started liking it. Smart, savvy, and gory as heck (don't expect Dead Alive, though), The Nest proves that you don't need mountains of CGI or ruggedly handsome stars to make an entertaining movie, and for that, it earns a
The best of the best.
A really great film.
It's OK; has its flaws.
The power of Christ compels you to stay away from this film!
Death is preferable to this garbage.