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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
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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