Most of you probably won’t know, or care, that It Came From The Desert is an old, late 80’s computer game originally for the Amiga console.
The game itself was inspired by 1950’s B movies though technology of the time meant, well, looking back at it now it definitely falls into the category of old skool.
What made writers Trent Haaga (68 Kill, Cheap Thrills), Hank Woon Jr. (Age Of Dinosaurs, 500 MPH Storm) and Marko Makilaakso (Ella And Friends 2, War Of The Dead), who also directs, want to turn it into a film is anyone’s guess, but here it is.
Motorbike mechanic Brian, Harry Lister Smith (Murder On The Orient Express, God’s Own Country) and his best friend and motocross rider Lukas, Alex Mills (Vikings (TV), Episodes (TV)) head out to the desert to party and celebrate Lukas’s latest racing win.
Along the way they pickup Lisa, Vanessa Grasse (Leatherface, Roboshark), who Brian adores but doesn’t have the courage to speak to.
Upon arriving at the party place, Brian and Lukas take a walk and stumble upon an old, abandoned military facility, home to some experiments whereby scientists spliced alien DNA with that of the humble ant and spider. Well, you can imagine how well that went.
The trio must survive the onslaught and find someway to stop this alien-ant (farm) colony from breeding again and taking over their town.
It Came From The Desert is billed as a nostalgic tribute to creature features of the 1950’s. Those films had big, rubber monsters, lots of women screaming whilst holding their faces, corny one-liners and lots of school-kids getting eaten.