A pulpy, action monster movie, inspired by Cinemaware's cult 1980s video game "It Came from the Desert". A nostalgic tribute to creature features from the 1950's, It Came From The Desert ...
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Maxim Van Scoy
Nathan Andrew Wright
A fishing community on a remote Maine island finds itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the world after the ferry stops coming. When people start to vanish, the terrified survivors realize that someone - or something - is hunting them.
Adam Wade McLaughlin,
A pulpy, action monster movie, inspired by Cinemaware's cult 1980s video game "It Came from the Desert". A nostalgic tribute to creature features from the 1950's, It Came From The Desert features rival motocross heroes and heroines, kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases, romantic insecurities...and of course giant ants.Written by
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Mid-Credit Scene shows different spots from the underground bunker before fixing on a locked door with a triangular label with "DANGER", "T.H.E.M.-001-X" and "ANT MIND" on their respective sides. Followed by an opening sound after it cut to black. See more »
Modern day big bug/creature features have an unfortunate habit of assaulting our eyes and sensibilities with atrocious CGI and lackluster filmmaking. Just look at films like Big Ass Spider, Lavalantula and the Sharktopus series and you'll see what I'm talking about. They're visually ugly, incompetent, the CGI is ugly and the films are almost impossible to sit through. Which is why It Came From The Desert is such a breath of fresh air.
The visual effects and CGI are pretty good. Yes, there's the occasional, obvious green screen shot and dip in quality, but these are few and far between. The giant ants are believable and well put together. I'll always prefer practical effects to heavy use of CG, but I have to say that this film's quality is miles above that of other recent bug/monster movies.
The first thing I noticed was how good the cinematography is. The color correction is also spot on. Set design is effective and helps build a legitimately creepy atmosphere.
The synth score is good and also helps build atmosphere, but the licensed songs consist of generic party tunes and lame metalcore songs.
Acting is inconsistent. One moment the actor's performances will be spot on, and the next everyone will be hamming it up for no apparent reason.
There are a lot of fun nods and homages to both classic bug movies and 80s action movie cheese fests.
One aspect of the film that concerned me was the barrage of reference "humor". Seriously, people need to learn that having a character reference The Avengers or Jurassic Park is not, on its own, a joke. These references get pretty obnoxious at points, so be warned.
It Came From The Desert is a solid big bug creature feature that works both as an homage to the classics and as its own thing. The film is action-packed fun, pure and simple.
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