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The Roost (2005)

-Review by Nic Brown-

Writer/director Ti West’s film “The Roost” is not the best low budget horror film, but it does have its high points.

The film uses entertaining host segments that pay homage to the any number of TV horror movie shows. “The Horror Host” (Tom Noonan) introduces the film and occasionally pauses it to interject his own campy observations. I haven’t decided if the “host” segments were intended from the beginning or if they were added to the finished product to stretch it out to a feature length film, whatever the case they add a bit of extra originality to the overall film.


The movie itself follows four twenty-somethings on their way to a friend’s wedding when they become stranded after their car hits a bat… yeah well it could happen. Anyway, the group ends up at a remote farmhouse. The owners of the farm have already mysteriously disappeared after entering their gigantic barn. Soon enough the viewer learns that it is the “Roost” of bats in the barn that is responsible. They not only kill and horribly disfigure anyone they come in contact with, but for some un-explained reason the bodies come back to life as zombies. Following usual zombie rules, if you get bitten you turn into one and so it is that the four friends must face the killer bats and several re-animated corpses.

 

Overall “The Roost” does a pretty good job. It drags a bit at times, but the special effects are surprisingly good for an obviously low budget production. The film doesn’t hold any real twists or surprises; if you are familiar with the genre then you can guess where the film is going. That being said, when being taken for what it is, low budget horror entertainment “The Roost” delivers a pretty good amount of bang for your buck. I give “The Roost” a six out of ten and say that you should check it out and see how it bangs for you!



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