See This: They Nest

An insect infested cadaver
Lunch, anyone?




We’ve had them all – alligators, piranhas, anacondas, killer bees and most famously birds and sharks. So what’s left? Insects, of course. In 2000’s They Nest (aka Creepy Crawlers), the time is the present, the scene is the island of Maine off America’s east coast, and the action kicks off when a swarm of cliched, unbelievable and laughable B-list actors assemble and draw lots to see who’s going to suffer the first low-budget extermination at the hands, mandibles, whatever, of crazed crawling creatures. Meanwhile a brave, resourceful, wise and intelligent doctor (Thomas Calabro) is battling to get it through the skulls of the locals that they’re in more peril than they can possibly imagine.

What’s gratifying about this remake of the 1988 Roger Corman original, The Nest, is that someone somewhere in the production process has actually decided to lavish a bit more care on the film than anyone has a right to expect. So one minute you’re drinking your Coke, making calculations as to who’s going to die next and laughing at the hopeless predictability of it all. A minute later you’re straining forward, shouting “Someone save the hamster, for pity’s sake” and half a litre of ice and sugar-water is all over your trousers.

Perfect Friday night fare.



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They Nest (2000) Sci-Fi, Horror | 92min | TV Movie 25 July 2000 5.2
Director: Ellory ElkayemWriter: John Claflin, Daniel ZelmanStars: Thomas Calabro, Dean Stockwell, John SavageSummary: 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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