Saturday, October 4, 2014

Scary Movie Month 2014, Day 4

The Nest

Note to self: next year, if the holiday again falls during Scary Movie Month, maybe watch the carnivorous-cockroach movie BEFORE the Yom Kippur fast, that way I won't have an appetite anyway.

The last story in Creepshow, "They're Creeping Up On You," has always given me what scientists call the heebie-jeebies. It's about a Howard Hughes-like germophobe trapped in his sterile home with a whole lot of cockroaches. It thoroughly creeps me out, but thankfully it's only 20 minutes or so long. The Nest, on the other hand, is a solid 90ish minutes of man-eating (and dog-and-cat-eating, animal lovers beware) mutant cockroaches rampaging all over a quiet seaside town.

Not only do these flesh-feasting insects infest the town, they also take on the characteristics of those they eat, leading to some truly grotesque animal- and human-sized monsters. The effects are hit and miss, but for the most part they work well. There are some genuinely sickening images here that I won't soon forget. All in all, I'm sort of surprised this one doesn't have a better reputation (maybe it has a better one than I'm aware of, I never heard of it until Scream Factory released it). It's fast-paced, gory, and more effective than you might expect. It won't change your life, but it's a fun, nasty little creature-feature. Grab a can of Raid and enjoy.

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