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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:

USA | Canada

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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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Nest (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

One Sip of Cinzano (And I'm in Italy)
Composed by Peitor Angell
Performed by Monte Carlo & His Orchestra
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An excellent Made-For-TV Film

The movie Creepy Crawlers (They Nest) is probably one of the best, if not the best, made-for-TV movies ever made. The acting, story, directing, cinematography, special effects and visual effects are all top notch. It looks as if this film would have come out in theaters. Also for being a made-for-TV movie, it is quite bloody/gory, and has some very intense scenes. A must see film for anyone who likes creature movies, or rather, movies in general.

MPAA RATING: PG-13 for creature violence and peril.

NOTE ABOUT THE MPAA RATING: I was surprised that this movie ended up with a PG-13 rating. It is a rather intense and gory movie with scenes that seem more suitable in an R-rated movie. Consider this a very hard PG-13 rated film that somehow miraculously passed with a PG-13.

Final Grade: 9/10


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