It Came From The Desert, Modern Creature Feature Throwback to the 50s
Director: Marko Mäkilaakso
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Social Network: Facebook
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.
It Came From The Desert will release on May 29, 2018 on Video On Demand. The Action, Comedy, Horror is directed by Marko Mäkilaakso. Co-Written by Trent Haaga and Hank Woon Jr. Produced by The Orchard.
Brian, Lukas and Lisa head to the desert for Lukas’ big celebration event after winning a dirt bike race. What starts as a wild party turns into a race for survival after Brian and Lukas stumble upon a secret laboratory that is housing an ant nest. This disturbs a horde of giant ants, leading them to terrorize them and their friends. It’s up to Lisa, Brian , nd Lukas to fight the vicious creatures and save the day before it’s too late.
Marko Mäkilaakso’s It Came From The Desert is a great throwback to old school creature features. Films that come to mind here are Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954), Tarantula (Jack Arnold, 1955), and Eight Legged Freaks (Ellory Elkayem, 2002).
In June of 2017, Founder Ken Artuz conducted an interview with It Came From The Desert Director Marko Mäkilaakso. Tune-in to the interview:
It Came From The Desert reaps success in its pitch and delivery. It steers clear from the mediocrity that can come from like-minded films when the execution falls through the cracks. This parallel to a great vision that transforms beautifully. The comedic undertones are entertaining. In sync with Eight Legged Freaks, which was also a hilarious treat. This is subtle and not too much as to overshadow the seriousness the film also requires to maintain focus and not lose sight of the matter at hand.
Lukas is the big winner of a dirt bike competition. His grand prize is a big celebration and a surprise show from The Eradicator, a famous movie actor. He and his friends, Brian and Lisa go to the big event, it’s set in the middle of the desert. Lukas and Brian stray away from the party where they discover a mysterious cave. This speaks excitement and adventure as they go to explore it.
On their venture, they come across abandoned high-tech equipment and a secret laboratory. They also have a run-in with a giant man-eating ant. Coming to save them from the ant’s clutches just in time, is Lisa. But they soon discover that the ant was only one of a horde, and they are making their way towards the party where the rest of their friends are still enjoying themselves. They must think quick and save their friends before they become ant food.
The practical effects are realistic, even at the huge size, the ants are. This done well. Few films achieve this level of authenticity with such a concept. The ants parallel this success, mastering both the comedy and the horror counterparts. Just when you think they can’t get more intimidating, just remember they all come from the mother, who’s, and should be more terrifying.
It Came From The Desert is entertaining. The trailer is action packed and so is the film. This is one of few instances where there is no misconception that a lot of trailers show. What you see is what you can expect, plus more.
What’s old is new again, and when done with a great sense of vision and direction in mind, good things can come from this. The Horror, Sci-Fi arena has reached a point where what’s old is new again, is at the center focus, restoring decades-old concepts in the modern day. Marko Mäkilaakso’s production is one of the few that hits the nail on the head.