It Came from the Desert


Action / Adventure / Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

IMDb Rating 4.3 10 809


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23.976 fps
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Reviewed by gultineil 3 / 10 / 10

A missed opportunity

(Warning: contains mild plot analysis which some people might consider a spoiler) I've always been a giant fan of It Came From The Desert on the Commodore Amiga 500, one of the best games on that system and way ahead of its time. So imagine my surprise decades later when I heard that a movie was in the works. Video game adaptions into film though are usually terrible, so I approached this movie with caution, however I was left disappointed. The story differs completely from the game, it references bits of the game but it has a new location, new characters and doesn't even take place in the same time period like the original game. Worst of all, there isn't even a small town, or the infamous hospital, all the atmosphere of the original game is gone in his movie. As it happens though the movie starts off pretty well, it has some good references to cheesy action heroes and despite being a 90 minute movie it at least makes some effort to set the scene and the characters early in the beginning, there are some great camera scenes with bikes driving across the desert. The film is meant to be played as a comedy, but it doesn't seem that way. One liners seem forced and at times, each of the main characters, they sometimes say something or do something that seems jarringly out of place for their portrayed personality. Unfortunately though the main problem with this film is with the star of the show, the giant mutant ants themselves and at times the terrible special effects. The ants don't look all that good, there is something not quite right about them, they are supposed to be fire ants, but they are a weird fleshy pink. The ants and their physics, they seem very floaty, when the scene is full of them, their lighting and resolution, they just don't look like they are in the same scene, which is a big shame. The behavior of the ants is also a major concern. At times you can run away and shut the door behind you with ease, but then they can sudden;y run faster than a full speed motorbike. In one peculiar scene they'll just run straight into gun fire like lemmings, all of them. They're either intelligent or very stupid, a plot point is that they need to bring back bodies to the nest but they will sometimes still kill or be eating people. Rules about the plot and what is supposed to be happening, things just change on the whim, considering this is supposed to be the desert, everyone is drinking alcohol but there is no food in sight. The whole film is very inconsistent which made me sad because sloppy writing and haphazard directing has made what could have been a good film into a bad one. At times I kept thinking about Bill and Ted. The worst thing for me was that the ants make weird giggling noises, as if some of Steven Spielberg's Gremlins were present in the background. Why? They should have used the trademark noise of the ants that was in the Amiga game, one guy has a ring tone that takes music directly from the video game and is one of the films good gags, so it's not like they couldn't have used more assets from the game, after all they even put footage of the ACTUAL GAME in the ending credits... Yeah, it's watchable, you won't have an awful experience, but I doubt you'll ever want to see it ever again. I highly recommend watching the 1950's classic film THEM, the original black and white film that It Came From The Desert is originally based on. It might be old but it's so much better than this one.

Reviewed by Fella_shibby 6 / 10 / 10

If u enjoyed Eight legged freaks, dirt bike sequence from Point break n Starship troopers........

Saw this on a pirated dvd. The trailer was enticing n the synopsis n settings more like Eight legged freaks. The opening sequence was more like Starship Troopers, where two military men r firing at giant ants. Cut back n v see some beautiful villas in the desert town n even more better is the amazing dirt bike racing scenes reminiscent of the new Point Break film. Hordes of deadly giant ants attack a group of youngsters partying in the middle of nowhere. The effects of the giant ants were cool n the bike action sequences were really cool, particularly during one chase sequence with the giant ants in pursuit. Remember its a very low budget film n it managed to entertain very well. Also noteworthy is the cinematography. What more could you ask from a monster movie?

Reviewed by rsvp321 6 / 10 / 10

Very decent B indie!

Although this one is better than a lot of garbage coming from mainstream Hollywood producers, it shouldn't be rated against those big budget products. Meant to be fun entertainment - cheesy lines, gory, reference to the old classics (Them!), intentional over the top acting. Only an idiot can't see that this flick doesn't take itself seriously. Definitely worth a view.

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