The Nesting (1981)

35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Armand Weston.

Plot Summary

An agoraphobic writer rents an isolated house to write her latest book. But the house is a former brothel and its rooms and corridors are stalked by the of its former employees.


Directed by: Armand Weston
Executive Producers: Sam Lake, Robert Sumner
Produced by: Armand Weston
Associate Producer/Production Manager: Don Walters
Screenplay: Daria Price, Armand Weston
Assistant Director: Fred Berner
2nd Asst Director: Phillippe Rivier
Script Supervisor: Clea Pricett
Director of Photography: J. Fernandes
2nd Unit Camera: Michael Duff
Asst Camera: Michael Duff
Loader: David Frederick
Gaffer: Frost Wilkinson
2nd Electric: Craig Nelson
Best Boy: Robert Steivers
Key Grip: Doug Armstrong
Grip: Miles Strassner
Still Photographer: Marco Nero
Editor: Jack Foster
Assistant Editor: Dave Fredericks
Original Music By: Jack Malken, George Kim Scholes
Soundman: Bill Meredith
Boom Operator: Nicki Tzanis
Costume Designer: Alexis Blasini
Seamstress: Edith Frederick
Makeup: Lyzanne Goodson
Special Makeup: Richard Alonzo, Jay Perlman
Special Effects: Matt Vogel
Asst Special Effects: Jeff Schechter, Bruce Martin
Art Director: John Lawless
Asst Art Director: Fred Isola
Props: Will Scheck
Scenic Designer: Pat Mann
Graphics: Cheryl Amatuzzo
Bookkeeping: Bondi Walters
Production Secretary: Pat Finnegan
Production Assistants: Michele Solatar, Garry Hill, Bob Rudis, Alison Hickes, Bruce Shell, Jill Lashley
Publicist: R. Allen Leider
Legal: Walter Gidali
Camera Equipment: Panavision
Location Coordinator: Paul Giaconne
Stunts: Cliff Cudney, Jerry Hewitt, Jake Plumstead, Tiffany Lynne

Robin Groves (Lauren Cochran)
Christopher Loomis (Mark Felton)
Michael David Lally (Daniel Griffith)
John Carradine (Colonel LeBrun)
Gloria Grahame (Florinda Costello)
Bill Rowley (Frank Beasley)
David Tabor (Abner Welles)
Patrick Farrelly (Dr Webb)
Bobo Lewis (Catherine Beasley)
June Berry (Sapphire)
Ann Varley (Gwen)
Cecile Lieman (Helga)
Ron Levine (Leland LeBrun)
Bruce Kronenberg (young Abner)
Jim Nixon (young Frank)
James Saxon (Earl)
Jeffrey McLaughlin (butler)
James Hayden (GI 1)
Jerry Hewitt (GI 2)
Cliff Cudney (sheriff)
Lee Steele (doctor)

Alternative Titles

La casa del sortilegio – Italy
Kauhukartano – Finland
La Mansion – Spain
The Nesting – Landhaus des Grauens – Germany
Retour vers le cauchemar – France (video)

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trashorama Show Vol. 6 (1999)



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