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The Nesting – 4


Director – Armand Weston

Cast – Robin Groves, Christopher Loomis, Michael David Lally, John Carradine, Bill Rowley, David Tabor

Release Year – 1981

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Once again I fall victim to a cool-looking poster, except this time I knew better after reading some poor reviews for this piece but still went into the experience anyway, leaving with the expected results. I did manage to find some joy in this flick, and the direction is fairly good, but the storyline is a huge boring mess that along with some stupid ideas made for a poor film to give a watch to.

After recently suffering from a case of agoraphobia, a mystery writer rents a mansion in the country to “get away”, however she soon finds herself facing real fear when the ghosts of past residents return to seek revenge for their deaths.

Well, you know me, and you know that I love films where the protagonist moves into a new home and takes on the unintended horror stemming from past events that occurred there, so naturally I gave this one a watch despite being pretty well that it was going to suck. The majority of the film lags in horror, with simple shots of a young woman serving as the “horror” throughout the first two acts of the movie, and to make matters worse she looked like an average women very much alive, not like a ghost at all. If she appeared decayed, which yes is “cliche” but works, then I may have been more forgiving, but she was never the least bit scary and that hurt the film given she was really the only form of horror for most of it. Eventually the writer learns that some of the townsfolk are behind what occurred at the home and look to keep that secret a secret as long as they can, therefore they aim to killer her off, which is the other source of “horror” provided in this story. Of course, this lame mess would not be right without being topped off with a stupid climax that I somewhat saw coming, but was taken aback due to how downright silly it was. Simply put, I expected bad, and what I was given was worse.

Surprisingly enough, despite all of this story nonsense we are given some fairly good direction by Armand Weston. The atmosphere is great and the sets and locations used complimented it very well, and despite the cheesy and stupid nature of the scares his execution of them was pretty good. Had the look of the ghost woman been better the scares would have been highly enjoyable and possibly turned this film into a worthwhile one, but obviously that was not in the mindset of the writer for some reason.

Overall, The Nesting is a film that could have been something if not for numerous story issues, and in the end is a flick I suggest you stay away from unless you find yourself curious like I was – even then, don’t do it.

Rating: 4/10

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  1. February 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I think I watched ths one years ago. The cover looks very familiar as does the title. I can’t remember a thing about the film, though.

    • February 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      If you can’t remember that makes a lot of sense because the film is not worth remembering. Haha.

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