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The Nest (1988)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  13 May 1988 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Elias Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
Franc Luz ...
Richard Tarbell
Terri Treas ...
Dr. Morgan Hubbard
Stephen Davies ...
Mrs. Pennington
Jack Collins ...
Shakey Jake
Jeff Winkless ...
Steve Tannen ...
Mr. Perkins
Heidi Helmer ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen A. Smythe ...


Horrifying shocker as a biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorizing a peaceful New England fishing village and hideously butchering its citizens. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Roaches have never tasted flesh... until now. She's just an appetizer. See more »


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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

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[Dr. Hubbard has fallen in love with the man-eating roaches]
Dr. Morgan Hubbard: I so admire their ability to reproduce without the contribution of their male counterpart.
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Referenced in Mimic (1997) See more »

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Not nearly as bad as you might fear...or as it might look
25 August 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Mutant-insects…isolated little town…gory make-up effects…Yup, `The Nest' looks like a prototype of cheap and redundant 80's horror. But I'm sure that, if you decide to give it a chance after all, you won't regret it. ! The obvious aspect to-love about it is the gore, naturally, but the screenplay actually contains some sub-plots and ingenious elements that you wouldn't immediately expect in a low-budget production like this. Northport is small, peaceful island outside L.A suddenly infested by a deadly plague of cockroaches. A mysterious female scientist arrives on the island and the mayor acts very ignorant about the on-growing bug problem. Events escalate into a true disaster when the cockroaches attack and devour inhabitants of the island and, if this isn't worse enough, mutate into what they eat. Looks like a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong? `The Nest' has tension and atmosphere, accompanied by a bit of good black humor and decent acting performances. Horror insiders might recognize Robert Lansing in the role of ignorant mayor, as he previously appeared in `Empire of the Ants'. The show is stolen, however, by Terri Treas as the morbid Dr. Hubbard. The creators of `The Nest' obviously learned a lot from watching horror highlights as `The Fly' and `Them!' but the film offers enough amusement to stand by itself. I certainly enjoyed it better than the similar `Mimic', which was made almost ten years later. If you're a sucker for gore-goodies, check out `the Nest'

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