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Horror Channel Frightfest Interview: Marko Makilaakso talks ‘It Came From the Desert’

Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest film It Came From the Desert at the Horror Channel Frightfest Halloween event, director Marko Mäkilaakso shares his admiration for Roger Corman, love of B-Movies, spoofing and overcoming homeland obstacles.

It Came From the Desert is inspired by Cinemaware’s cult 1980s video game, which in turn was motivated by the giant creature feature craze infesting 1950s Hollywood. What was the main inspiration for you?

There’s so many movies and makers which inspired Icftd, but the main inspiration was exactly that; creature feature infested 1950s Hollywood films, and the legendary Cinemaware Desert games and creature features and action comedies I grew up with in the 1980s. I love B-movies and mainstream filmmakers who give homages to those in their works, like Joe Dante, John Landis, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg etc. There’s something so pure and honest about B-movies and even
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Giant Ants Attack in It Came from the Desert Trailer

Giant Ants Attack in It Came from the Desert Trailer
The first official trailer for It Came from the Desert is finally here. The movie is based off of the 1989 cult favorite video game of the same name from Cinemaware on the Amiga and later the TurboGrafx-16 console. The game is inspired by multiple 1950s B movies, but mostly takes its cues from the 1954 classic Them!, where giant mutated ants become a national threat. Now it's time for It Came from the Desert to make its big screen debut and it looks fun as hell.

Finland's Roger! Pictures is working with the original game developers, Cinemaware to produce the big screen adaptation. The horror-action-comedy started filming in 2015 and has been delayed a few times, but it looks as if we're almost ready to see some giant mutated ants take over New Mexico in this fun creature feature. 39-year old Marko M&#228kilaakso (War of the Dead) directed and co-wrote It
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It Came From The Desert: The Trailer For Giant Ants Run Amok Movie is Here!

There really is not a whole lot we have to say about the Finnish creature feature It Came From the Desert. After a couple proofs of concept came out Canadian outfit Raven Banner jumped on board to help get it out into the world and now the official trailer is here! It Came From The Desert is an adaptation of a 1989 video game and is directed by filmmaker Marko Mäkilaakso who made War of the Dead, which was not the most favorite thing I saw on the festival circuit that year, but it is hard to screw up giant ants. Mäkilaakso directed and co-wrote with Hank Woon (Age of Dinosaurs) and Trent Haaga (68 Kill). Roger! Picture’s Teemu Virta and Alliance Media...

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'Iron Sky' producer, UK outfit join creature feature 'It Came From The Desert'

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Exclusive: Producers join Marko Mäkilaakso’s pulpy monster movie based on the 80’s video game; Raven Banner sells.

Fledgling UK production/finance company Alliance Media Partners (Amp) is collaborating with Finland’s Roger! Pictures to produce the action-comedy-sci-fi It Came From The Desert.

The film is the first feature from Roger! Pictures, run by producer Teemu Virta and director Marko Mäkilaakso, whose aim is to produce genre films with budgets of under $1m for the international market.

Iron Sky producer Tero Kaukomaa, a shareholder in Roger!, is an executive producer on the film, which is described as “a smart, pulpy, action monster movie, inspired by Cinemaware’s cult 1980s video game of the same name. Its tall tale involves rival motocross heroes (and heroines), kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases, romantic insecurities…and giant ants!”

Kaukomaa said: “This deal with Amp gives us an extra power boost to produce this great script into a
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Vr writ large over Cannes Marché Next programme

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Vr writ large over Cannes Marché Next programme
Exclusive: Organisers behind the Cannes Marché’s third Next event set to run from May 12-18 have lined up an expanded future of cinema showcase that places heavy emphasis on the fast-rising world of virtual reality.

For the first time Next events will take place at the entrance of the Village International on the Pantiero side – the site previously occupied by Canal+ – and will feature installations, interactive films, screenings, conferences and workshops on subjects such as big data, theatres of the future, and VOD opportunities.

The Next schedule will include 15 innovative companies that will conduct business at the Next Pavilion. Creative Wallonia and the Canadian Film Center will have their own corner. The full Next programme will be announced shortly.

Vr Days programme

The centerpiece is the Vr Days programme, a rich roster featuring work from the world’s leading exponents that takes place over May 15 and 16 and stems from a clamour by content creators to focus
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Raven Banner secures 'It Came From The Desert' pre-sales

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Raven Banner secures 'It Came From The Desert' pre-sales
Exclusive: Video game adaptation sees mutant ants wreacking havoc in the New Mexico Desert.

Genre movie It Came From The Desert from Marko Mäkilaakso (director of 2011 shocker War Of The Dead) has been exciting buyers in the market.

Raven Banner has confirmed deals with Tiberius (Germany), Minerva (Italy), Zylo (France), Borsalino (Latin America), Crystalsky (Philippines), H.G.C. (China), Monster Pictures (Australia/New Zealand), Moviecloud (Taiwan), and Roll Caption (Turkey)

Production is set for spring on the action-adventure computer game adaptation that features giant mutant ants wreaking destruction in the New Mexico Desert. Roger Pictures produces and Tero Kaukomaa (Iron Sky) is the executive producer.
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Teaser: Giant Ant Video Game Adaptation, It Came From the Desert

Director Marko Mäkilaakso is currently developing It Came From the Desert, a giant ant film inspired by a giant ant video game inspired by giant ant films! The Finnish filmmaker known for War of the Dead is teaming with Roger! Pictures and video game developer and publisher Cinemaware on the adaptation. The film, which Twitch revealed art…

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Zombie Classic Deadworld Returning in December with Deadworld: Restoration

Idw Publishing is bringing zombie comic Deadworld back to life this December. Gary Reed and Sami Makkonen, the team behind Deadworld: War of the Dead, continue where they left off and push the story into even darker territory with new mini-series Deadworld: Restoration.

“I’m excited about this series,” said writer Reed, “and the title of the series, Restoration, ties in with a number of different elements within the story. Yes, some things are restored, but it’s not going to be what most people think.”

Reed is the one of the original writers of the Deadworld series and a longtime contributor as well as the co-creator and writer of the Harvey Award nominee for Best New Series, Baker Street. Makkonen, of Eisner Award nominated series Hatter M fame, has won the prestigious Sarjis Award in Finland for Best Illustrator and is the artist for Idw’s recently
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Deadworld: Restoration Reanimates the Classic Zombie Comic Series This December

Gary Reed and Sami Makkonen, the same creative team that brought us Deadworld: War of the Dead, continue where they last left off and push the story into even darker territory with Deadworld: Restoration. [Press Release] San Diego, CA (October 25, 2013) – Idw Publishing is proud to announce Deadworld the renowned zombie classic will come back to life this December. Gary Reed and Sami Makkonen, the same creative team that brought us Deadworld: War of the Dead, continue where they last left off and push the story into even darker territory with Deadworld: Restoration. “I’m excited about this series,” said writer Gary Reed, “And the title of the series, Restoration, ties in with a number of different elements within the story. Yes, some things are restored but it’s not going to be what...
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Dead Snow Gets A Name Change And Some New Casting

According to Variety the sequel to Dead Snow, which I reported earlier this year would carry the subtitle War Of The Dead will in fact be titled Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead.

They also announced that Martin Starr, Ingrid Haas and Jocelyn Deboer have signed on for some zombie fun. Also according to Variety the film tells the following tale:

Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead” follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack … Continue reading →
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Dead Snow Sequel Adds Martin Starr And Others As Zombie Killing Americans

In the horror genre, it.s always more surprising when films don.t get sequels than when they inevitably do, especially on the indie front. So when it was announced that Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola would be revisiting Nazi zombie in a sequel to his 2009 cult hit Dead Snow, it only seemed strange that it hadn.t happened already. And honestly, we probably wouldn.t even be covering this film except that it has attracted the likes of Judd Apatow-world alum Martin Starr, reports Variety, along with comic actresses Ingrid Haas and Jocelyn Deboer. While that news is crazy enough on its own, they.ve also somehow decided to change the film.s name from Dead Snow 2: War of the Dead to the even more cringe-worthy Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead. My interest in Starr.s involvement was cut in half by that stupid ass title. Given
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Dead Snow Sequel Adds Some Cast Members, Gets a New Title

The sequel to Dead Snow began a little bit of shooting earlier this year under the direction of Tommy Wirkola.  

The film was going by the moniker Dead Snow: War of the Dead, but according to Variety, it is now being called Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead.

The sequel follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of a professional gang of American zombie killers who call themselves the Zombie Squad.

Variety says a few cast members have been added...

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Dead Snow Sequel Casts First Victims

Dead Snow Sequel Casts First Victims
After a sojourn in Hollywood (well, it was shot in Germany) with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola is returning to past glories for his next film. Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead is the follow-up to his 2009 Nazi-zombies epic Dead Snow, and Martin Starr, Ingrid Haas and Jocelyn Deboer have just been added to the cast roster."Ein! Zwei! Die!" was the memorable tagline of the original Raimi-influenced splatter comedy. The plot involved a gang of spring-breaking students stumbling upon some looted WWII treasure and incurring the wrath of the Reich revenants still jealously guarding it.The sequel originally went under the title War Of the Dead, but has presumably dropped that moniker in deference to the 2011 Finnish film of the same name. So it now sounds like a Rockstar western game instead. This time out, the story sees the sole survivor of the last encounter teaming
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Behind the Scenes of Dead Snow 2

Fan of Dead Snow A new featurette for the pictures sequel Dead Snow 2 just landed and weve got it proudly displayed inside Norway really knows how to deliver the goods. Dead Snow is just one of many stellar flicks to be delivered by the Norwegians and now were gearing up for a highly anticipated sequel Dead Snow 2 War of the Dead. Work on the film is currently underway which is a damn good thing
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Behind-the-Scenes Video for Dead Snow: War of the Dead

It's been lurking around the Internet for a few months now, but our own Christopher Jimenez pointed us to a fun behind-the-scenes video for Dead Snow: War of the Dead (aka Dead Snow 2).

The sequel - once again directed by Tommy Wirkola - follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of a professional gang of American zombie killers who call themselves the Zombie Squad.

When we last caught up to Wirkola, he told us a little bit of shooting had taken place to capture the snowy environment and filming would resume later this year.

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Bloody Zombies Attack in First Dead Snow 2 Images

Director Tommy Wirkola is back in Norway and has started working on Dead Snow War Of The Dead. The film is the sequel to Dead Snow which made our Top 10 Zombie Movies of All Time list. Lets hope the Tommy Wirkola can keep up the zombie mayhem major. The initial press release pitches the project like this The film will be shot in both English and Norwegian. In the sequel the story follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of Zombies with the help of a professional gang of American zombie killers who call themselves the Zombie Squad. I am delighted to step back into the world of Nazi zombies yet again with Dead Snow War Of The Dead a world that is very close to my heart
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The Last Horror Blog: 'Dead Snow 2' Pics, 'Torso' Back in Development, 'Evil Dead' Review, and More!

Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. Dead Snow 2 images bring us more Nazi zombies – Tommy Wirkola, fresh off the surprise success of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, is back on familiar turf – hard at work on Dead Snow: War of the Dead. The sequel to his cult hit about a group of friends taking on hordes of Nazi zombies is currently shooting, and the first set photos are now online. That’s just one of many (most are Not Safe for Work thanks to the gore quotient) to be revealed. You can check out a full gallery at Twitch. The sequel picks up right where the first film ended, with a survivor of that zombie massacre teaming up with a band of American zombie hunters for another fight to the death with the undead...

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First Images Arrive for Director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2

Dead Snow” is one of my all-time favorite zombie movies, so it’s good to know that production is moving forward on “Dead Snow: War of the Dead.” Director Tommy Wirkola jumps back into familiar territory after making his Hollywood debut with “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” a movie that went on to make a tidy $219 million around the world. In fact, Paramount is reportedly interested in making a sequel. However, Wirkola’s involvement in the project is not guaranteed. But no worries! “Dead Snow: War of the Dead” is currently in the works, which is good news for those who worried that Wirkola may leave the franchise behind after getting a taste of the Hollywood life. The sequel reportedly deals with a group of American zombie killers who join forces with the lone survivor of the first film to wipe out the undead Nazi threat. Sounds
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Dead Snow: War of the Dead Rises in These Photos

Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters) has begun production on a new horror feature. His latest is a sequel to the 2009 film Dead Snow. The sequel is being called Dead Snow: War of the Dead and a few stills from production have been released. The photos show German soldiers risen from the dead. The above still shows a monstrous figure trying to enter a car, while a second photo (below) shows a Nazi officer with similar intentions. Director Wirkola promises that Dead Snow: War of the Dead will be funnier and gorier than the original. Earlier in 2013, Wirkola said of the blood: "we have a script that I am super excited about, which is bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one." Horror fans should prepare for a spectacle. Also, this second film will bring a troupe of American zombie hunters into the
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First Images from Dead Snow: War of the Dead

The very first stills from Tommy Wirkola's sequel to his Nazi zombie bloodbath Dead Snow, entitled Dead Snow: War of the Dead, have arrived; and we have every undead pixel of them right here for ya! Dig it!

Synopsis:

Set to be released in both English and Norwegian, the new film follows the sole survivor of a Nazi zombie attack who battles an even larger army of zombies with the help of the Zombie Squad, a professional gang of zombie killers from the Us.

Wirkola says of the new script for his sequel to the cult hit Dead Snow: "[It's] bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one. I am delighted to step back into the world of Nazi zombies yet again with Dead Snow: War of the Dead, a world that is very close to my heart. We have a script that I am super excited about,
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