|THE NEST (director: Terence H. Winkless; screenwriters: Robert P. King/from the novel by Eli Cantor; cinematographer: Ricardo Jacques Gale; editors: Stephen Mark/James Austin Stewart; music: Rick Conrad; cast: Robert Lansing (Elias Johnson ), Lisa Langlois (Elizabeth Johnson), Franc Luz (Richard Tarbell), Terri Treas (Dr. Morgan Hubbard), Jack Collins (Shakey Jake), Stephen Davies (Homer), Nancy Morgan) (Lillian); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Julie Corman; MGM Home Entertainment; 1988)|
|"An enjoyable B movie
about killing roaches."
by Dennis Schwartz
An enjoyable B
movie about killing roaches, that is not
original. It thrills us by making the insects
terrifying. Who can't get into something like
that? Terence H. Winkless ("Twice
as Dead"/"Fire Over Afghanistan"/"Heart
of Dance"), in his directorial debut,
directs with tongue-and-cheek wit this nightmarish
horror sci-fi thriller about the world in need of
being saved from giant cockroaches.
It's based on the novel
by Eli Cantor and is written by
Robert P King.
remote New England resort town of North Port is a
Peyton Place like community. Elizabeth (Lisa
Langlois), Mayor Johnson's (Robert Lansing) daughter
and former wife of Sheriff Richard
Tarbell (Franc Luz), returns home after a
four-year absence because of her mom's suicide. The
sheriff, the pic's hero, is dating local diner
waitress Lillian (Nancy Morgan) and trying to rebound
from the loss of someone he dearly loved.
small town discovers many of their pets and locals are
missing. The unscrupulous mayor asks the INTEC
Corporation for help, that's the company he got
paid off under the table to sign a deal with. The
mayor's suspicions of INTEC's involvement with this
disaster are confirmed when Dr. Morgan
Hubbard (Terri Treas) investigates and informs
us that INTEC has been conducting illegal
experiments by using insecticides. The result is
the creation of flesh-eating giant roaches, who though
designed for cannibalistic purposes, so the roaches
will kill each other off, instead the giants
developed a greater taste for animals and humans.
Also, they can mutate what they eat.
pleasing reminder of those iconic 1950's bug films,
but with great updated special effects. The film has
two highlight scenes, which erased any of my
doubts about its entertainment value. One is of the
mayor becoming a giant roach and attacking his
daughter and the other is of the sexy Dr. Hubbard
becoming sexually aroused when touched by a roach.
Davies as the zany exterminator is a funny
The pic does a good job of blending together the silly and the gory. It's a fun splatter film in the Roger Corman style.
REVIEWED ON 4/26/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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