Director: James Suttles
Writer: Jennifer Trudrung (Screenplay)
Starring: Dee Wallace, Sarah Navratil, Maple Suttles, Kevin Patrick Murphy, Drez Ryan, Blaque Fowler
Plot: A mother’s reality erodes around her as she struggles to fathom the entangled web of her daughter’s separation anxiety brought on by parasitic creatures within a stuffed bear.
Tagline – Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Nest starts when Beth (Navratil) and Jack (Murphy) get their daughter Meg (Suttles) a new stuffed bear from a garage sale, the bear does have a secret, one that starts to take over Meg. With Meg changing the family is trying to figure out why, but soon they will learn what the parasite living inside the bear really wants.
As Beth sees the change in Meg, she tries to get to the bottom of it before she loses her daughter, believing she can help put her back on the right path before it is too late.
Thoughts on The Nest
Characters & Performances – Beth is the mother that is starting to notice the change in her daughter, she believes it is a form of anxiety, trying to help keep the connection between the two, she is also filled with a regret which cost the family, believing it might be her fault the family is become more distant. Sarah Navratil in this role does give us the concerned mother role with ease, showing us just how far a mother will go to do the right thing for their child. Meg is the daughter that gets the new teddy bear to help ease her separation anxiety, this only starts to make her act stranger around the home and people, acting out of character to everyone around her. Jack is the father who is trying to play the middle ground between the two, but like most father figures in these types of horrors, we get left with them taking the back seat on everything happening. We do have the horror icon Dee Wallace in this film, playing the grandmother role, wanting to make sure everybody stays connected whatever might happen.
Story – The story here follows a young girl that gets a new teddy bear, a teddy bear with a secret that starts to change the family due to a parasite within the bear slowly starting to infect the family. This is a slow burning story that will mix the demon environment with a creature feature, with the slow change within the family. The story will head down a disturbing line, without getting into the truly scary line, which it feels like it wants to.
Themes – The Nest is a horror thriller that turns the creature feature on its head with the inclusion of the demon factors, showing us just how the changes could easily be the same as any demonic possession movie, with the whole film taking place within the family home, adding to the evil that is changing things. The creature creations are slowly revealed, with each one having the creepy feel to them.
THE NEST will be available at Redbox for an exclusive two-week window beginning July 6 before a wide Digital and DVD release on July 20.
Final Thoughts – The Nest is a disturbingly creepy creature feature that will spin the typical ideas of the idea.