Shout Factory continues to deliver classic horror films through their Scream Factory line to Blu-ray for the first time. The latest to crawl home is 1988’s creepy bug monster movie The Nest from director Terence H. Winkless and starring Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, and Terri Treas.
The Nest follows a biological experminet gone wrong, where mutant meat-eating cockroaches terrorize a peaceful fishing village and begin butchering its’ citizens. Usually when you review a film you want to get the point across on how good or bad it is, but with a film like this you have to review it for what it is, cheesy fun. This is an old school monster flick that delivers exactly what it says it’s going to and works way better than it should. What makes these old classic films like this work so well is that they were trying to make serious horror films. They weren’t really meant to be funny and that makes them even funnier on some level but just all around fun in every way. The story is pretty simple and offers just enough to set up for the madness that is to ensue. The performances are average to bad as usual, but if you are watching a film like this for that then you have bigger issues to deal with. The best part about this film is the classic practical effects. They created the creatures no matter how silly they may look at times and it just makes for a better film experience.
Is this a good movie? Of course not, it’s an 80’s horror flick about mutant cockroaches which should be enough reason any horror fan will want to see it. There is plenty of strange monster action, a bit of gore, and all around cheesy good fun. While this sort of movie needs no special features to be worth adding to your collection, it also includes commentary by director Terence H. Winkless. Be sure to get out there and get your copy when The Nest hits stores on 2/19/13.
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