Good clean campy fun!
Mr. Scary | New York, NY, USA | 08/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film when it had a theatrical run last year. The entire film is contexualized as a midnight movie feature complete with actor Tom Noonan as a fictional "host" who guides you through the whole movie.
It is not very scary, but if you are looking for an old school 80's style slumber party gore-fest, you can do a lot worse!
The director Ti West obviously has a lot of love for 80's horror and has created an awesome love letter/worthy addition to the genre.
What was that?
Stacy Shellenberger | 10/10/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Please consider buying a used copy for half the price/ I wish I would have. Bought it based on the cover and the editorial review. Big Mistake! The cover was far cooler than the movie and the editorial was not exactly accurate and kinda misleading! It was indeed about a group of kids who have (you guessed it) car trouble! That is where the similarity ends. The bats were not awakened by the kids. They were there from the beginning scene and who knows how they got there. I sure don't. If you are looking for a good bat movie there are better ones out there for sure. I thought this one was lacking in substance. And no, i do not mean lots of blood and gore. I'll take that in a movie, sure, but I am not so shallow as to think that is all there is to a good scare. This movie just never gets off the ground and then it's over! No suspense or chills and thrills. Not much really going on with the BATS! And the freaky Egor narrator at the beginning of the movie? What is all that for anyway? He interrupts the movie several times which is just down right distracting and aggravating."
Bats that make zombies... OK call Animal Planet right now...
William N. Brown | Lexington, KY USA | 12/18/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"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 five out of ten and say that you should check it out and see how it bangs for you!
An unheralded and unseen ode to bygone horror movies
D. Wilson | NY by way of Cali | 10/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ATTENTION HORROR FANS! This may be just the type of fright flick that you've been looking for... gritty film stock, perfect use of music and sound (especially violin stabs!), nice gooey effects, actors that look and act believable enough to make the whole situation plausible, all wrapped up in an intense and stylish 81 minute micro-budget package by a director who wears his love of the genre proudly on his sleeve (not a former music video director who casts porno stars and wrestlers for a quick check)! Sounds too good to be true right? Well with Director Ti West's first full-length film we get all of the above crammed into a plot that is "unique" to say the least (it's better to see what I mean then hear it on here). When you watch as much direct-to-DVD shlock as I do it's truly refreshing to be scared and entertained rather than sleepy and dissapointed by the films end (about 1 in 12 of these type of films are worth it). Highly reccomended throwback horror film that if given the chance will most likely suprise (and frighten) you. It should be noted that the flick starts with a "Midnight Movie TV Show" segment hosted by the great Tom Noonen (Ripper from "Last Action Hero" and Frankenstein from "The Monster Squad") that I highly enjoyed but may not appeal to others, just don't give up on the actual movie itself by this opening sequence (it's only about 4 minutes long)."