Available today on DVD and On Demand is the horror film, The Nest.
The Nest stars horror movie icon, Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling), as well as Sarah Navratil (Proximity), Kevin Patrick Murphy (A Dark Place; Jacob’s Ladder). Maple Suttles and Drez Ryan.
Beth and her young daughter Meg stop by a yard sale. Meg spots a box of stuffed animals and is especially drawn to a big-eyed teddy bear. When she asks mom is she can have it, Beth asks the (creepy) older gentleman how much. The man gives it to Meg for free.
FYI… I would NEVER allow my child to bring that bear into our home. He’s not cute at all. In fact, it’s rather evil looking.
Meg becomes very attached to the bear, taking it where ever shoe goes and talking to it. That would be considered normal behavior, but Meg is taking it to the extreme – especially since Meg notices the bear’s stomach movie one day and something emerge from it.
Beth and her family are a bit dysfunctional (I honestly don’t know what was up with Beth, I think I might have missed something). Meg has to see a counselor at school.
Meg’s behavior gets more and more peculiar. Not only that, her husband and her friend also start acting very strange.
Meg has an “accident” and hits her head really hard. Instead of staying at a hospital, she’s bed ridden at home. Her family insists on her taking a lot of medication, even though she says she feels fine.
It eventually becomes apparent that something is wrong with her daughter’s bear friend. Perhaps it’s not even the bear it’s self, but something sinister that resides inside of the bear.
What exactly is going on? Can Beth figure it out before it’s too late for her daughter, and for herself? To find out, you need to purchase or rent The Nest. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
I’m a huge fan of the horror movie genre, so I am happy to review any horror movie that is pitched to me. Maybe not ALL, but a vast majority of them.
When I saw the trailer, I knew I wanted to review this film. But sadly, like it is to most trailers, the film isn’t as exciting. Most times trailers show all the best parts of a film in order to lure in movie goes.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a “bad” film. It did keep my interest the entire time. It’s just that it wasn’t as good as it could have been. The film seemed like it had more potential. Not only that, the film failed to touch upon the backstory of the parasite (I’m sorry to give away a spoiler).
The film is too long. It’s about an hour and forty minutes. The could have picked up the pace a bit and the film would have done nicely 15-20 minutes shorter.
The acting was decent enough, but Meg (Maple Suttles) stood out the most to me. She sure knows how to play a creepy little girl.
It was great to see Dee Wallace again. I haven’t seen her in a film in ages. She did well, as one would expect.
Overall I liked the story line – strange parasite takes over people and uses them for their own gain. It’s not a new concept (Invasion of the Body Snatchers for example), but it was novel enough.
What I didn’t like about the film – it was too long, slow at times, not enough backstory on the parasites, and it was missing a certain je ne sais quoi.
What I did like – the creepy little girl, the very realistic looking parasite, seeing Dee Wallace Stone, and an interesting story line.
I’m on the fence with this film. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either.
Would I watch it again? Perhaps. If I saw it come on HBO or the SyFy Channel I might. However I wouldn’t go out and purchase the film.
There is another film called The Nest that stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon. Don’t confuse it with this film.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.