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The Nesting (1981)

R | | Horror | 1 May 1981 (USA)
A writer suffering from agoraphobia rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. She doesn't know that the house is a former brothel, and is inhabited by the ghosts of dead prostitutes.

Director:

Armand Weston

Writers:

Daria Price (screenplay), Armand Weston (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Groves ... Lauren Cochran
Christopher Loomis Christopher Loomis ... Mark Felton
Michael David Lally ... Daniel Griffith
John Carradine ... Col. LeBrun
Bill Rowley ... Frank Beasley
David Tabor ... Abner Welles
Patrick Farrelly ... Dr. Webb
Bobo Lewis Bobo Lewis ... Catherine Beasley
June Berry ... Saphire
Ann Varley Ann Varley ... Gwen
Cecile Liebman Cecile Liebman ... Helga
Ron Levine Ron Levine ... Leland LeBrun
Bruce Kronenberg Bruce Kronenberg ... Young Abner
Jim Nixon Jim Nixon ... Young Frank
James Saxon James Saxon ... Earl
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Gothic mystery writer Lauren Cochran leaves New York to move into an eerie Victorian mansion, once a brothel haunted by the ghost of a madam Florinda Costello. The ex-brothel is the scene of several gore killings, witnessed by Lauren. With John Carradine. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre Mansion See more »

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Nesting Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Gloria Grahame. See more »

Crazy Credits

With the grateful participation of Gloria Grahame as Florinda Costello. See more »

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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Mostly lame haunted brothel flick
20 February 2017 | by yourmotheratemydog715See all my reviews

This post-AMITYVILLE HORROR haunted house film directed by porn director Armand Weston occasionally delivers the goods, but is more-often-than-not lame, overpadded and a little cheesy.

Writer Lauren Cochran goes out to the country to try and get past her agoraphobia, but when she moves into a frighteningly familiar octagonal house, she finds that there's things to be afraid of inside as well! First off, I'm rather disappointed that the film didn't make the main character's agoraphobia more of a main plot point. The idea of an agoraphobe renting a haunted house, unable to leave because of crippling panic attacks but unable to stay because of haunting specters, would make for a pretty claustrophobic watch. Instead, Weston's script takes the plot in many different directions, implementing slasher elements, prostitute ghosts and a CHANGELING-like mystery unraveling.

Sometimes, it works; there are some actually pretty spooky scenes here and there, and the mystery moves deftly enough to keep you involved. There are also some really fun set-pieces involving sickles and high-rise rescues.

Unfortunately, the over-the-top acting and dialogue from most of the supporting characters ruins any atmosphere the film could've created (the writer's quippy boyfriend had me about ready to turn off the film 20 minutes in). The unraveling of the mystery reaches a silly, melodramatic conclusion. And I often found the sound design to be distractingly amateurish, a gripe I do not have very often. Overall, you could do a lot worse with '80s haunted-house flicks (HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS, any AMITYVILLE film), but you could also do better (CHANGELING, SILENT SCREAM).

Fun fact: The octagonal house where the film was shot is still standing in New York state and may be the only domed octagonal residence still in existence in the United States!


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