The first official trailer for It Came from the Desert is finally here. The movie is based off of the 1989 cult favorite video game of the same name from Cinemaware on the Amiga and later the TurboGrafx-16 console. The game is inspired by multiple 1950s B movies, but mostly takes its cues from the 1954 classic Them!, where giant mutated ants become a national threat. Now it's time for It Came from the Desert to make its big screen debut and it looks fun as hell.
Finland's Roger! Pictures is working with the original game developers, Cinemaware to produce the big screen adaptation. The horror-action-comedy started filming in 2015 and has been delayed a few times, but it looks as if we're almost ready to see some giant mutated ants take over New Mexico in this fun creature feature. 39-year old Marko Mäkilaakso (War of the Dead) directed and co-wrote It Came from the Desert with Hank Woon (Age of Dinosaurs) and Trent Haaga (68 Kill) and from the looks of the trailer, they're staying true to the B movie template of pairing horror with the absurd.
The original video game came out in 1989 for the Amiga computer. The player takes on the role of Geologist Dr. Greg Bradley who arrives to the remote Desert Breath, Nevada in 1951 to investigate a meteor crash site. Bradley discovers that radiation from the meteor has turned the local ants into giant mutated monsters that are mating and spreading. Players must devise a plan to contain the ants while working against a ticking clock, counting down until the ants take over the world. The gameplay is interesting because a player cannot beat the game in one sitting. Instead after multiple deaths, the player must remember information from past playtimes to figure out the right spots to be in to contain the ants. Dr. Bradley visits new towns looking for clues and interviews people from the new towns. The game ends successfully when the player locates the ant colony and plants explosives near the queen, which is hopefully how the movie ends as well.
It Came from the Desert has big shoes to fill in following 1954's Them and 1977's Empire of the Ants, which are considered to be B movie classics. We'll have to wait and see where It Came from the Desert places in the pantheon of giant, mutated ant movies, but it sure looks to be on point according to the trailer. The trailer contains humor, horror, action packed dirt bike riding, and of course giant mutated ants.
It Came from the Desert was filmed in Almeria, Spain in the fall of 2016, in the Tabeneras Desert, which is the driest region in Europe. No release date is currently set, but this trailer is sure to get any B movie/horror fan excited. In the meantime, one might want to go dust off copies of Them! and Empire of the Ants to prepare for the upcoming movie and watch the trailer below courtesy of Raven Banner Entertainment.