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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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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

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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Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Quick Takes Volume 7 (2017) See more »

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I'm Mr. Blue
Written and Performed by Guy Thomas
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Not that bad
16 November 2001 | by Sebastian-20See all my reviews

Despite the low rating, I found this TV-film actually not that bad at all. It's about a stressed doctor, who has to take an unvoluntary vacation, so he goes to an island in Maine, where the locals are not very friendly towards strangers. Soon he discovers that some dead people have strange marks on their bodies, and after that he finds out that some insects, looking like cockroaches, have caused these marks. The insects are very deadly, but how is DR. Ben Cahill going to convince the locals of the serious problems....

I almost thought that the story for "They Nest" was written by Stephen King, because of the location, on a small island off the coast of Maine. Also 'cause I saw two actors who played in SK-films before: Dean Stockwell (The Langoliers), and Jeffrey DeMunn (Storm of the century, Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile), who only has a small part, on the ferry to the island. The fact that the movie takes place in Maine, creates a certain feeling, like in a Stephen King movie. Therefore I thought that this film was not bad at all!


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