It’s double feature time! I reviewed the sci-fi/horror/comedy film It Came from the Desert at The Slaughtered Bird:
In it, crazy dirt-bike pro Lukas and his strait-laced mechanic Brian explore an abandoned scientific facility during a wild party in the New Mexico desert and come face-to-antennae with gigantic ants, because this is a monster movie and that’s what happens in such things. By gigantic, I mean GIGANTIC. The size of trucks. The ants break out of the facility, terrorize the partygoers, and the remainder of the film is concerned with stopping the insectile threat…if it can be stopped.
Once you’ve read the review, please click on over to my exclusive interview with the movie’s director, Marko Mäkilaakso:
Your movie It Came from the Desert is based on a video game from 1989. Did the lukewarm critical response to other films based on video games give you any concern? What makes this movie different from other game-based films?
No, I wasn’t concerned about the critical response to the film or positive critical response to other video game-based films. I always knew that It Came from the Desert is the kind of film that will split the audience in half. Either you love it or hate it. What makes this different from other game-based films is maybe that it’s not a direct adaptation of the original game. It plays more like a live-action sequel and this of course gives the filmmaker a lot of freedom.
Mr. Mäkilaakso is a real character and a top-notch filmmaker, both of which come through in the interview.