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Release Date:
13 May 1988 (USA) See more »
The terror has hatched. See more »
Horrifying shocker as a biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Extremely effective tale that will get "under your skin" See more (29 total) »


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Robert Lansing ... Elias Johnson

Lisa Langlois ... Elizabeth Johnson
Franc Luz ... Richard Tarbell
Terri Treas ... Dr. Morgan Hubbard
Stephen Davies ... Homer

Diana Bellamy ... Mrs. Pennington
Jack Collins ... Shakey Jake

Nancy Morgan ... Lillian
Jeff Winkless ... Church
Steve Tannen ... Mr. Perkins
Heidi Helmer ... Jenny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen A. Smythe ... Diner
David Halver ... Customer in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence H. Winkless 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eli Cantor  novel (as Gregory A. Douglas)
Robert King  writer

Produced by
Julie Corman .... producer
Original Music by
Rick Conrad 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Jacques Gale 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mark 
Jim Stewart  (as James Austin Stewart)
Casting by
Al Guarino 
Linda Shayne 
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey Delman .... second unit director
Art Department
Samuel Braslau .... lead man
David Halver .... assistant propmaster
Special Effects by
James M. Navarra .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Luther Jackson .... second assistant camera (as Paul Jackson)
Kinka Usher .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Robin Toor .... assistant editor
Richard Villa .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Albert T. Dickerson III .... transportation coordinator (as Albert T. Dickerson)
Other crew
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor

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USA:89 min
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Dr. Hubbard was a man in an earlier draft of the script.See more »
Richard Tarbell:Why are the roaches killing people and how do we stop them?See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Extremely effective tale that will get "under your skin", 19 March 2002
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

I am so glad this film was made a few years AFTER I graduated from college -- the apartments on campus were so badly infested with cockroaches I wrote a regular column in the housing newsletter called "Roach World" offering helpful tips on roach control. If The Nest would have been made during that time I would have run screaming off that campus altogether! Never have I seen insects so menacing in a film! It's perfect for making the viewer feel uneasy and checking in cabinets and under the kitchen sink for weeks after.

Rather than try to be seriously scientific like Phase IV or the just plain "what the...." mentality of Squirm, The Nest gives us that good old "genetic experiment gone wrong" scenario and just RUNS with it. Conveniently containing the terror to an island, there's enough carnage for several films put together. Even the big confrontation, as wacky as it looks, manages to keep you riveted.

I've seen it all in films, but one thing that can still get me unglued is something horrible happening to animals, and while I'm sure there was no harm to any REAL animals in the making of this film, the effects work was so gruesome I still wince when watching it! Nothing and no one is safe from the spreading cockroaches, and the viewer is not given much time to relax. If you're going to do an over-the-top bug movie, this is a good one to learn from....this is from the days before CGI took over and made things look like an upgraded cartoon.

I must comment about one particular reviewer here on IMDb that felt there was no counterbalance of humour or "naked babes," saying it was scary but too gross. Excuse me, but a film about killer cockroaches (yes, even the X-Files went that route) is bound to be a bit gruesome and you might as well have a thrill ride with it. You don't have to have laughs in EVERY horror film, nor do you have to have naked women. Start considering that there are other folks out here, and that breast-on-the-brain guys don't necessarily run the world. Most films throw in laughs and nudity in order to cover up the fact that the scares are lacking. The Nest is potent with dread and scary moments, so if you want your share of gratuitous nudity and guffaws then watch any of the drek made from Troma and have a field day! Frankly, I'm happy that at least some films like The Nest that have been released under the eye of Roger Corman managed to escape his usual need to throw in breasts at any possible moment. You don't know how many times I've heard female friends of mine saying, "Okay, if the guys get to see the boobs, where are the men's butts for US??" Talk about balance, then turnabout IS fair play, guys...

Some films lose their power over the years or after a couple viewings, but The Nest never loses its effectiveness. My only complaint about it is that on DVD as part of the "Roger Corman Classics" series, Corman and the folks at New Concorde should treat us and the films they release with a bit more respect by not settling for no-frills, full-frame DVDs (a scary trend that even Artisan DVDs heading towards). The Nest would have been better suited with a few extras and widescreen treatment (if it wasn't a 1:33 to 1 ratio to begin with)...Corman could learn a thing or two from Anchor Bay (and even MGM) -- they at least give even some of the silliest films audio commentaries and other features like widescreen. The Nest is a classic piece of gruesome cinema and should be experienced to the fullest!

And yeah, what's up with that woman's hair?

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