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It Came from the Desert (2017)

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 ... See full summary »


Marko Mäkilaakso


Trent Haaga, Marko Mäkilaakso (story) | 2 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Lister Smith ... Brian
Alex Mills ... Lukas
Vanessa Grasse ... Lisa
Mark Arnold ... Dr. Renard
Callum McGowan ... Tim Guarisco
Andrew Horton ... Craig Guarisco
James Alper ... Vodka Guy
Michael Majalahti ... Eradicator
José Varela ... Jorge (as Jose Varela)
Jose Leonardo Garcia Torres Jose Leonardo Garcia Torres ... Flaco
Ross Ellis ... Party Host
Gregory Rowbottom Gregory Rowbottom ... Brad
Millie Smith Millie Smith ... Hot Random Girl
Aino Sirje ... Sexy Dancer
Joanas Salin Joanas Salin ... Camper Van Boy


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 RB

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Based on the 80's classic video game by Cinemaware. See more »


[last lines]
Eradicator: Cheers Boys
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »


Wasted & Wounded
written by Arttu Kuosmanen
performed by Santa Cruz
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They came, we laughed and the movie conquered
16 February 2018 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Well I'm just paraphrasing of course. And the movie did not conquer judging from the voting so far. But comedy is in the eye of the beholder, so if you are not into silly horror comedy, you may feel insulted (by the movie and by my vote). But if you have a heart for low budget movies, who do achieve a certain quality and originality, then you will feel what I did when I watched this at the Fantasy Filmfest last year.

The acting is good, the script had quite some funny ideas and it's really something you can enjoy if you let yourself. I did not expect this to be as much fun as it turned out to be and I'm really happy with what they came up with. The story is not new and what the characters have to go through is not new either. And others have gone the comedy route when it came to this kind of horror ... but it does have a couple of ideas it has that really do work. And the effects are not half bad. So again, this may or may not be for you - but the movie gives it its best shot

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Release Date:

7 September 2018 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalucia, Spain See more »


Box Office


EUR400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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