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They Nest (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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Ellory Elkayem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Calabro ... Dr. Ben Cahill
Dean Stockwell ... Sheriff Hobbs
John Savage ... Jack Wald
Kristen Dalton ... Nell Bartle
Tom McBeath ... Eamon Wald
Mark Schooley ... Johnnie Skee
Travis MacDonald Travis MacDonald ... Enoch Piper
Dean Wray ... Josiah Bean
Lee Jay Bamberry ... Guy Barter
Shaina Tianne Unger ... Sarah Barter (as Shaina Unger)
Marcel Maillard Marcel Maillard ... Al Crump
Alexander Pollock Alexander Pollock ... Henry S. Crump
Deb Pickman Deb Pickman ... Peggy Crump
Walter Marsh ... Vinyl
Rebecca Toolan ... Mrs. Bartle
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Storyline

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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island | maine | doctor | sheriff | house | See All (44) »

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It's feeding time...

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Creepy Crawlers See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Kushner-Locke Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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I'm Mr. Blue
Written and Performed by Guy Thomas
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Very standard for a TV Movie but very enjoyable
26 July 2000 | by nash_guaSee all my reviews

OK, I live in Guatemala where we have a rainforest in our country and it has a lot of very ugly bugs. Anyway, I saw the movie yesterday with my wife (who has several fears for these bugs) and both were a little scare.

The first hour of the movie is a little boring because we don't see much action. But when the bugs started nesting on a couple of guys, the adrenaline starts to flow. I love the secuence when the queen bug goes inside the sheriff's mouth (remember me the scene with the black cat in "Tales from the Darkside, the movie"). Good FX for a TV movie, but in the other hand, the end was a little disappointing. Is hard to believe the way the bugs gets killed. "They Nest" is one of the best TV movies I saw in a couple of years. Ah.. almost forget. I love the "idea" about a cockroach walking in front of your TV set during a break commercial. My wife scream and later we laugh a lot (of nerves I think). Very enjoyable.


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