Taglines: The terror that hides inside your mind.
New York City novelist Lauren Cochran (Robin Groves) suffers from agoraphobia and, in a bid to overcome her ailment, she rents a stately Victorian mansion in the country from a scientist, Daniel Griffith (Michael Lally) and his ailing grandfather, Colonel Lebrun (John Carradine). A series of strange occurrences begin once Lauren moves in; when she meets Col. Lebrun, he suffers a stroke at the sight of her, and she suspects that the house may be haunted after suffering bizarre dreams of women lounging around the house. She also feels she has seen the home before, and realizes an illustration of it appears on one of her novels, entitled The Nesting.
One day, while investigating the turret at the peak of the house, Lauren becomes trapped outside on the window ledge, and has a vision of a woman inside. her psychiatrist, Dr. Webber, arrives at the house, and is killed while attempting to save her. Several days later, Lauren is attacked by Frank Beasley, a handyman, at the house. Amidst the attack, he begins to levitate, and flees the house in terror; he has a vision of two women’s corpses lying in his truck, and he flees into the woods, and stumbles into a pond, where he is dragged under and drowns.
Lauren, bothered by the events occurring in the house, visits a local man, Abner Welles, to ask about the house, after having heard Frank mention his name. Abner, a drunk with a bad reputation in town, becomes erratic and violent when she inquires about the house’s history, and chases her away in his car. The two get into a car accident, and Lauren flees on foot and hides in a barn. Abner finds her, and attempts to attack her with a pitchfork, but it is torn from his hands by an unseen force. Lauren then stabs him through the head with a scythe, killing him.
The Nesting (also known as Phobia and Massacre Mansion) is a 1981 American horror film directed and co-written by Armand Weston, and starring Robin Groves, Michael Lally, John Carradine, and Gloria Grahame.
The Nesting (1981)
Directed by: Armand Weston
Starring: Robin Groves, Christopher Loomis, Michael David Lally, John Carradine, Bill Rowley, June Berry, Cecile Liebman, Ann Varley
Screenplay by: Daria Price, Armand Weston
Cinematography by: João Fernandes
Film Editing by: Tomiko
Costume Design by: Alexis Del Lago
Art Direction by: John Lawless
Music by: Jack Malken, George Kim Scholes
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 1, 1981