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They Nest (2000)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Horror | TV Movie 25 July 2000
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A Maine island becomes infested with lethal insects that root inside their victims, while a local doctor battles the bugs and incorrigible locals that don't believe him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ben Cahill
Sheriff Hobbs
Jack Wald
Nell Bartle
Eamon Wald
Mark Schooley ...
Johnnie Skee
Travis MacDonald ...
Enoch Piper
Josiah Bean
Lee Jay Bamberry ...
Guy Barter
Sarah Barter (as Shaina Unger)
Marcel Maillard ...
Al Crump
Alexander Pollock ...
Henry S. Crump
Deb Pickman ...
Peggy Crump
Mrs. Bartle


Dr. Ben Cahill, a fine city doctor, gets so stressed by marital problems and alcohol that he freezes up under pressure in the emergency room. To get his act back together, he decides to unwind a few months in the house he and his ex bought on Orr island, an insignificant (former) fishermen place off the coast of Maine. He almost immediately becomes the butt of spite from a gang of local nobodies. After the doctor started examining, at the request of the reasonable sheriff Hobbs who leans to his side, some animal and human corpses with strange internal as well as external injuries, one of the brutes, not so handy handyman Jack Wald, has a fatal nocturnal accident crashing into Dr. Cahill's car. The doc observes one of the red cockroaches which recently infest the island has pincers, most unusual, reads up and contacts the university entomology department, where this African species isn't too well-known either. Jack's even dumber brother Eamon Wald uses violence which ends up causing ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for creature violence and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Creepy Crawlers  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The insect, which this film is about; 'Phylomenescus Cerebus' - the African Armadillo Bug', does not exist. When Dr. Cahill's sitting in, on the 1st grader's presentation, and rifles through a book on insects, the picture shown, is, in fact a Madagascar Cockroach (which the book says they're 'frequently mistaken for'). See more »


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Not A Bad Bug Movie

I am not a big fan of "critter flicks" as I find them to be stupidly acted and the insects unrealistic. Surprisingly, this movie kept me interested. I think one of the reasons was because of the great cast of male leads (Thomas Calabro - playing another doctor; John Savage - playing the embittered island electricman; and Dean Stockwell - playing the honest Sheriff). Even though it was your typical plot about a rare bug breeding in a corpse which washes up on a distant shore, the remainder of the story wasn't as predictable as usual. It's also humorous at times when watching city boy Dr. Cahill (Calabro) adjust to laid back island living while trying to gain acceptance from the townspeople who don't like him. Finally, I thought the bug scenes were realistic and I liked the different ways the bugs were used in various scare scenes. Admittedly, I only watched this movie once, but I would watch it again.

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