Usually when you think about death by killer bees, you envision people getting stung to death. In the atmospheric horror short The Nest, a rancher must fight to survive when a swarm of over-sized flesh-eating bees escape from a beekeeper who depends on their honey to keep her diner in business. Man-eating bees might sound like the premise for a Syfy flick, but judging by the trailer, this short is creepier and more atmospheric than you would expect.
Undead Backbrain got the exclusive word on Austin, Texas filmmaker Tim Zwica’s upcoming horror short The Nest. Zwica has spent most of his career working in video games so he certainly knows his way around computer effects. Zwica does multiple duty as director, writer, producer, editor, and visual effects coordinator for his short film debut.
Hank, a horse breeder, has discovered one of his mares lying dead in his pasture, reduced to a skeleton overnight.
He finds Ray, a county farm inspector, in the local diner and enlists him to help solve the mystery. Eleanore, the owner of the diner, is wary of their mission. She catches a pair of Goth girls stealing her honey from the table and orders her mute son, Dizzy, to detain them.
She sentences them to death and has Dizzy dump them into a well in the backyard of the diner. The well is infested with a swarm of savage flesh-eating bees who awaken with Dizzy’s banging on the hatch and soon devour the girls in a matter of seconds. However, Dizzy has damaged the hatch, and one bee escapes before it can be repaired. The bee finds Hank working in his field and chases him into his barn, where he receives a call from Ray, who is driving to Hank’s ranch. The rest of the swarm escapes and chases another of Hank’s horses out onto the road, where they devour it in mid pursuit, leaving its bones scattered on Ray’s windshield.
Ray relates the event to Hank after retreating to the diner lot. Hank hears him being abducted by Dizzy and sets out to the diner to rescue him. Hank is caught off-guard by Eleanore and knocked unconscious. He and Ray both end up in the well, where they must fight for their very survival.
Zwica plans to take the very polished looking short to film festivals next year. Here’s the rather eerie trailer for The Nest.
One question: If it’s about killer bees, shouldn’t it be called The Hive instead of The Nest?
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