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The Nesting (1981)

R | | Horror | 1 May 1981 (USA)
A writer suffering from agoraphobia rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. She doesn't know that the house is a former brothel, and is inhabited by the ghosts of dead prostitutes.

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Armand Weston

Writers:

Daria Price (screenplay), Armand Weston (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Groves ... Lauren Cochran
Christopher Loomis Christopher Loomis ... Mark Felton
Michael David Lally ... Daniel Griffith
John Carradine ... Col. LeBrun
Bill Rowley ... Frank Beasley
David Tabor ... Abner Welles
Patrick Farrelly ... Dr. Webb
Bobo Lewis Bobo Lewis ... Catherine Beasley
June Berry ... Saphire
Ann Varley Ann Varley ... Gwen
Cecile Liebman Cecile Liebman ... Helga
Ron Levine Ron Levine ... Leland LeBrun
Bruce Kronenberg Bruce Kronenberg ... Young Abner
Jim Nixon Jim Nixon ... Young Frank
James Saxon ... Earl
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Storyline

Gothic mystery writer Lauren Cochran leaves New York to move into an eerie Victorian mansion, once a brothel haunted by the ghost of a madam Florinda Costello. The ex-brothel is the scene of several gore killings, witnessed by Lauren. With John Carradine. Written by alfiehitchie

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The terror that hides inside your mind. See more »

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre Mansion See more »

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Production Co:

Nesting Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Gloria Grahame. See more »

Crazy Credits

With the grateful participation of Gloria Grahame as Florinda Costello. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) See more »

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Moonlight Magic
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A Great Location Does Not Make A Horror Film
19 August 2019 | by lornastoneSee all my reviews

I can just imagine the writer of The Nesting driving down the street one day, seeing a weird looking house and saying "there! That's where I want my next horror film to take place." They went home and pounded out a script over the weekend, didn't love it, but figured the location would do all the heavy lifting. Let me tell you - it doesn't.

The main location in The Nesting is visually impressive and creepy and a perfect place for a horror film to take place in, but there's not a lot going on inside or in the script to make the most of it. The story focuses on a shrill, annoying agoraphobic writer named Lauren who figures a vacation at this creepy secluded house in the country is just what she needs to fix herself and her writer's block. Being a horror film, the house is obviously haunted (this time, with the spirits of a brothel) and Lauren will have to figure out if the real world is really as scary as a house full of ghosts.

There are great ideas in The Nesting and the central concept is a great one, but the film meanders from one pace-less scene to the next without generating any suspense or fear and it doesn't help that the lead character is a whiny, unlikable shrew. Whether that's due to the writing or the performance is still unknown.


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