The Nest (1988 film)

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The Nest
The original poster from the movie.
Directed by Terence H. Winkless
Produced by Julie Corman
Written by Robert King
Starring Robert Lansing
Lisa Langlois
Franc Luz
Terri Treas
Diana Bellamy
Music by Rick Conrad
Cinematography Ricardo Jacques Gale
Edited by Stephen Mark
Jim Stewart
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • May 13, 1988 (1988-05-13)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Nest is an American creature feature horror film, based on the novel by Eli Cantor (under the pseudonym of Gregory A Douglas), from Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures and producer Julie Corman.[1] The tagline is "Roaches have never tasted flesh... until now." Flesh-eating cockroaches terrorize a peaceful island community presented as a New England fishing village. However, the film was created on location at Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park in Los Angeles, as well as Malibu, Leo Carillo Beach, and Catalina Island.

Plot summary[edit]

The sheriff of this small island town called North Port has a roach problem in his house. According to the local exterminator Homer (played by Stephen Davies), it turns out the whole town is about to have a big roach problem. Pets, and then people, begin to disappear.

Although Sheriff Richard Tarbell (played by Frank Luz) is dating Lillian, the owner of the local eatery, his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Johnson returns to the island after a four-year absence and their romance blooms again. Elizabeth (played by Lisa Langlois) happens to be the daughter of the town's mayor, Elias Johnson (played by Robert Lansing), who is in cahoots with an evil corporation called INTEC that has been secretly breeding mutant roaches that are immune to normal insect repellants. They also seem to have the ability to assume the form of anything they kill, leading to some animal/roach hybrids and even a roach/human combo.


The Nest received a limited release theatrically from Concorde Films the United States in May 1988. It was released later that year on VHS by MGM/UA Home Video.

New Concorde Home Entertainment released the film on DVD in 2001 and Shout! Factory released a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in 2013.


Critical reception for the film was mixed,[2][3] with the Sun Sentinel writing that although the film was "no masterpiece", "fans of the genre get their money's worth".[4] The Pittsburgh Press panned the film, criticizing the film's story line as too familiar.[5]


  1. ^ Cinefantastique, Volume 27, Issues 2-12. F.S. Clarke. 1995. p. 51. 
  2. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Nest': Incredible Cockroaches, Credible Plot". Los Angeles Times. May 14, 1988. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Nest (1988) Movie Review". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "No Masterpiece, `Nest` Will Make Skin Crawl". Sun Sentinel. April 21, 1988. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Creepy 'Nest' hatches good villains, bad plot". The Pittsburgh Press. Jan 30, 1988. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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