Growing up on a healthy diet of low budget B-movies, It Came from the Desert, which serves as an adaptation of the 1989 video game of the same name, is everything that I, or any other fan of monster cinema, could ever ask for.
Brian (Harry Lister Smith) and Lukas (Alex Mills) are two best friends who travel to a party in the middle of the desert (what could possibly go wrong?) and soon discover a secret research facility filled with giant ants. Hilarity (and death) soon ensues.
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And while we do get the occasional gimmick, such as a retro-style animation sequence, a scene shot to resemble an FPS
Ant the ants themselves, ho boy. Spliced with alien DNA, these fuckers are big and nasty and look about as good as they possibly could considering the film’s low production costs. The decision to make them sentient also gives them a lot more personality than we usually get from big screen monsters, as they share some hilarious subtitled exchanges of dialogue. And watch out for the queen, because she’s a real bitch!
It would be easy to write off It Came from the Desert as yet another sleazy Syfy-style monster movie, but it’s so much more than that. This might also be a bold claim to make, but I’m going to go ahead and say that It Came from the Desert could also be the best filmed on a video game ever made.