THE NEST (1987) – Episode 238 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“I so admire these nymph cockroaches – their ability to reproduce without the contribution of their male counterpart.” A society where men are incidental? Hmm. Humans could learn from cockroaches. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host effects artist Julian Ledger – as they experience the creepy, creature effects on display in The Nest (1987).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 238 – The Nest (1987)

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A biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorizing a peaceful New England fishing village and hideously butchering its citizens.

If you have a fear of roaches and pests, you’re gonna love episode 238! Yes, sir, it’s time for … The Nest (1987)! The Grue-Crew are joined by special effects artist Julian Ledger who worked on the film (despite being omitted on IMDb) as a puppeteer (according to the onscreen credits) and monster makeup and effects under the supervision of Cary Howe, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the making and design of the critters, creatures, and goo. There’s lots of entertaining discussion with Julian, Jeff, Crystal, and Bill. And, of course, bugs, baby … bugs.

At the time of this writing, The Nest is available for streaming from Tubi, Plex, and PPV from Amazon. It is also available on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from Shout! Factory. 

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Dolls (1987), directed by Stuart Gordon and produced by Charles Band and Brian Yuzna. Special effects artist Ralph Miller III, who worked on the film under the supervision of John Carl Beuchler at MMI (Mechanical and Makeup Imageries) will be joining the 80s Grue Crew for this one!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.