‘Buy this house…and mortgage your life!’
nesting is a 1981 American horror film about an agoraphobic writer who rents an isolated house so she can concentrate on her writing. Also released as Phobia and Massacre Mansion
Directed and produced by Armand Weston from a screenplay co-written with Daria Price (dawn of the mummy script). Weston has previously directed “roughie” films such as The challenge of good, The taking of Christina and To take off (loosely inspired by Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray’s photo). His final directorial credit was another sordid film, blue voodoo in 1984.
The Nesting Company production stars Robin Groves (Wick; silver bullet), Christopher Loomis, Michael David Lally and former 50s star Gloria Grahame (Convict Mansion; midi black; The Todd Murders; blood and lace). Genre veteran John Carradine has a cameo role.
Writer Lauren Cochran (Robin Groves) suffers from agoraphobia, and in an effort to overcome her illness, she rents a stately country mansion from Colonel Lebrun (John Carradine). It turns out that the old place was once a place of disrepute where some ladies of the night were murdered after World War II, and Cochran has a mysterious connection to the place.
nesting is one of those weird movies that, while not particularly good in the conventional sense, tends to stick in the mind. It has, of course, superb original artwork (by director Armand Weston himself) which graced the Vipco pre-certificate release in the UK and probably sucked in that particular viewer as an eleven-year-old eager to to look at all horror outing in progress.
The film has a sleazy, atmospheric charm, especially during the brothel-based opening scenes and a big fake-to-the-face moment that left this young viewer perplexed as to how he had escaped from a place on the ban of the British Director of Public Prosecutions. listing. Of course, looking at it now, it all looks pretty tame…
Daz Lawrence, MOVIES and MANIA
“This movie reminds me Superstition and I say that in the best way. When the supernatural decides to kill someone in these two movies, it doesn’t bother. He dispatches people in the most extreme way, like ghostly hands pulling someone through a lake or a scythe to the brain. Even better, there are many dream sequences and revelations from the past…” B&S on movies
“Weston makes the most of eerie locations and creates atmosphere in a palpable way. There are huge set pieces – including an attempt to rescue Groves from a treacherous-looking rooftop – and a slow-burning approach that’s unusual in splatter-oriented horror films of the era. DVD maniacs
“The Nesting genre usually hangs out; it’s definitely too long at 103 minutes and it’s extremely uneven. When it wants to be a haunted house horror show, it works well; the score is definitely a highlight when the film is in this mode, as the frenetic music blares to build tension and mood. I guess the main problem is that it just doesn’t want to be that type of movie enough. Oh the Horror!
“…sometimes fun, but you have to put up with a lot of boring, predictable bullshit between the good stuff. It’s also undone by an ugly ending. Groves’ cunning boyfriend also gets on her nerves. John Carradine is there long enough to say a few lines before he has a stroke and disappears for a good portion of the film. The video vacuum
Cast and characters:
Robin Groves … Lauren Cochran
Christopher Loomis … Mark Felton
Michael David Lally … Daniel Griffith
John Carradine … Colonel LeBrun
Bill Rowley … Frank Beasley
David Tabor … Abner Welles
Patrick Farrelly … Doctor Webb
Bobo Lewis … Catherine Beasley
June Berry … Sapphire
Ann Varley … Gwen
Cecile Liebman … Helga
Ron Levine … Leland LeBrun
Bruce Kronenberg … Young Abner
Jim Nixon … Young Frank
James Saxon … Count
Jeffrey B. McLaughlin … Butler
James Hayden…GI #1
Jery Hewitt…GI #2
Cliff Cudney … Sheriff
Lee Steele … Doctor
Gloria Grahame … Florinda Costello
Filming locations :
Armor – House Stiner, 45 West Clinton Avenue, Irvington, Westchester County, New York. This is a unique octagonal and domed Victorian style residential home.
1 hour 43 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
nesting received a limited theatrical release in the United States by William Mishkin Motion Pictures (the company that released most of Andy Milligan’s films) in May 1981 as Massacre Mansion. It was later released on VHS by Warner Home Video and later released on DVD and Blu-ray by Blue Underground in June 2011.
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