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Writer:
Ti West (written by)
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Release Date:
13 January 2006 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Nightmare Unparalleled in the History of Human Imagination See more »
Plot:
Part of a "special" late-nite television program...Four friends on their way to a wedding find themselves marooned on a mysterious farm. Creatures of the night awaken and the undead rise, as a night of relentless horror...Begins! | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sleepy execution spoils potential See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tom Noonan ... The Horror Host

Karl Jacob ... Trevor
Vanessa Horneff ... Allison
Sean Reid ... Brian

Wil Horneff ... Elliot
Barbara Wilhide ... May
Richard Little ... Elvin

John Speredakos ... Officer Mitchell

Larry Fessenden ... Tow Truck Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Hamilton ... Duncan (Radio Show)
Graham Reznick ... Local DJ (Radio Show)
Heather Robb ... Aubry Promise / Fake Shemp
Mary Schmidt ... Sally (Radio Show)

Ti West ... Professor (Radio Show)

Directed by
Ti West 
 
Writing credits
Ti West (written by)

Produced by
Larry Fessenden .... executive producer
Susan Leber .... producer
James Felix McKenney .... associate producer
Peter Phok .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Robbins 
 
Film Editing by
Ti West 
 
Production Design by
David Bell 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Schmidt .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Peter Phok .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Daly .... guest assistant director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director
Hannah Lewis-Rosenblum .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham Reznick .... sound designer
Graham Reznick .... sound recordist
Hebron Simckes-Joffe .... sound mixer
Craig Spencer .... additional sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Mazikowski .... special effects makeup
Brahm Revel .... animatics
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Amante .... digital artist
Sam Cuttriss .... CG animator
Mindy Dubin .... digital artist
Kim Harvey .... digital artist
Karen Heston .... digital compositor
Graham Holly .... digital artist
Glenn McQuaid .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Parish .... CG animator
Brahm Revel .... animatics
Kris Rivel .... CG animator
Jordan Sariego .... CG animator
John Semerad .... visual effects
Jon Tomasello .... digital artist
Richard Weissman .... digital artist
 
Stunts
David Leslie .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Contino .... grip
John Gatland .... assistant camera
Bart Grieb .... gaffer
Kelly-Ann Kinsley .... camera production assistant
Jason Musco .... first assistant camera
Kevin O'Donnell .... electrician
John-Michael Trojan .... electrician
Ethan Wilhelm .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Haven Cousins .... colorist
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
Matt Woo .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Gordon Arkenberg .... composer: additional music
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Benjamin Dickinson .... composer: additional music (as Ben Dickinson)
Dave Eggar .... music producer
Gods of Fire .... composer: additional music
Jeff Grace .... music producer
The Mr. Move .... composer: additional music
Graham Reznick .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Schultz .... music producer
Ti West .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Patrick Bonanni .... production assistant
Nick Maczka .... mic operator
Mary Schmidt .... production assistant
 
Thanks
John Fallon .... special thanks
Ben Rock .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
USA:80 min | Argentina:80 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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1.85 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
The barn used in the film was also used in the Alfred Hitchcock film Marnie (1964).See more »
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City of GoldSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Sleepy execution spoils potential, 11 August 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

Four people are on their way to a wedding when they decide to take a backroad due to traffic. A bat hits their windshield causing them to wreck the car, and now they're stuck in the middle of nowhere. After walking a good ways, they realize that there's a farm down the road. Too bad for them the rest of the bats have chosen the farm's barn to roost in. Worse, the people that the bats attack turn into zombies for whatever reason, and they already attacked the elderly owners of the farm.

This film takes a very threadbare plot and does nothing with it. Not that they could really do much with it to begin with, you might say, but anything can happen if you bring enough imagination and rugged ambition to the table. Alas, "The Roost" winds up being a relatively bland effort where not much happens. The bat attacks are underwhelming and sloppily handled. It's never explained why their victims become zombies. I love the unexplained, I love being left to wonder about certain things that aren't spelled out for you, but I just didn't care in this case. In fact, the film didn't give me a reason to care about much of anything. The characters are whiny too, so I couldn't really invest in them. Cult director Larry Fessenden appears very briefly as an ill-fated tow truck driver. He also served as producer. Seems like an odd fit since his films are the right kind of ambiguous, whereas this thing tries ambiguity just to be even more stripped down than it already is.

The whole film has a faux "Frightmare Theater" wraparound complete with horror host, but it was more annoying than it was effective at creating any type of nostalgia. At one point, the film is stopped dead in it's tracks due to the host's antics. Really, did we need this nonsense intruding on the main tale?

Even with the bare minimum of a plot, this could have been something. It seems like Mr. West just wasn't interested. There is one moment in the film that I really liked, that being when one of the teens gets into the farmhouse and looks over a bunch of pictures on the wall. The way in which West shoots this brief sequence made something so simple as looking at photos take on a certain level of uneasiness. The rest of the film was in desperate need of something like that. Excluding that one bit, this is weak stuff all around.

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