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The Roost (2005)



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A group of young people are en route to a friend's wedding in the remote countryside of Pennsylvania when they hit something unseen, lose control of their car and become stranded. The foursome reluctantly wanders down the deserted road and into the eerie darkness. They come upon a farmhouse where they hope they can use the phone to call for help -- but no one seems to be at home. It isn't long before they learn that the farm has been taken over by vampire bats that have already claimed the lives of the older couple who lived there. But, once bitten, the victims come back to life zombie-style and those still living have to not only dodge the bats, but the undead as well.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Ti West
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2006
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Tom Noonan
as Horror Host
Karl Jacob
as Trevor
Sean Reid
as Brian
John Speredakos
as Officer Mitchell
Larry Fessenden
as Tow Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Roost

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

The director makes the most of the tense slow stretches, with the camera occasionally drifting off in search of action while characters wait in dreadful silence.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Roost's pacing is so leaden that you long for a pregnant pause, instead of interminable nothingness.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

West gets an enthusiastic round of applause for trusting his eye for stripped-down horror. Now he needs to complete the picture with writing that shows the same conviction.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Roost is a minimalist horror movie with more ambition than resources.

October 20, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Roost, writer-director Ti West's homage to low-budget '70s horror movies, places a premium on tension while taking a fresh bite out of the old vampire-bat tale.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Roost was made for about one-hundredth the cost of most Hollywood genre fare and has at least a thousand times the imagination.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Roost

Incredibly low-budget but surprisingly entertaining. I sought this little guy out because of my love for Ti West and it is interesting to see some of his earliest work.
Sure the acting is terrible and it looks like it was shot on your average camcorder. But despite this, West still manages to create some decent scares and some good-old campy fun. His direction is sharp and really shines through in such a bare-bones production.
So if you are in the mood for some cheap-and I mean cheap-thrills, then this little gem may be worth checking out.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

Quite possibly the ultimate amateur horror movie. While this has no stars, no budget and no elaborate story, the atmosphere created by Ti West is just amazing. This does what The Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity could never do, truly creep out the audience with just a little bit of music and skewed camera angles. The video deterioration and minimalist shots are really something to be admired. This really succeeded at being a nostalgia horror movie, but at the same time something truly unique.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Great concept. Bad movie.

A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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