A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
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
The insect, which this film is about; 'Phylomenescus Cerebus' - the African Armadillo Bug', does not exist. When Dr. Cahill's sitting in, on the 1st grader's presentation, and rifles through a book on insects, the picture shown, is, in fact a Madagascar Cockroach (which the book says they're 'frequently mistaken for'). See more »
In the northwest Atlantic, the crew of a freighter dumps a shipmate overboard, correctly believing that his still-living body is a host for the eggs of a voracious and very aggressive species of cockroach-like insects. The body soon washes ashore on an island in Casco Bay, Maine. The insects quickly get loose on the island.
Meanwhile, a troubled Boston doctor, Benjamin Cahill (Calabro), takes an extended vacation on the island and is the first to notice strange things associated with the insects. The islanders distrust mainlanders and are understandably skeptical about anything he might have to say. He is further hampered when he runs over and kills a temperamental local electrician (Savage).
Soon, the insects are killing lots of islanders and even develop the ability to fly. It is up to Cahill, Sheriff Hobbs (Stockwell), and Nell Bartle (Dalton) to warn the outside world and evacuate the island.
"They Nest" certainly lacks originality and is strongly reminiscent of "Arachnophobia" (1990). Despite this, it is an effective and well made horror film with top notch special effects. The cast is competent and Dean Stockwell is very good as the sheriff. Lack of originality aside, if there is anything to criticize it is that most of the island's men seem to be ignorant and bitter toughs and are anything but helpful. The women, on the other hand, are open-minded and assist Dr. Cahill.
This film lacks the humorous aspects of "Arachnophobia," but the cast and crew took the material seriously and treated it with respect. No doubt more such films will be made that exploit the common fear and revulsion many have for insects and arachnids. "They Nest" is worthy of viewing for those who enjoyed "Arachnophobia" and similar films.
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