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It Came From The Desert, a Texas Premiere

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Kicking off the Orbiter Year-Round Series for 2018, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is thrilled to present the Texas premiere of the SciFi/Horror flick IT CAME FROM THE DESERT on Wednesday, May 23 (7:30pm) at Flix Brewhouse.

A nostalgic tribute to creature features from the 1950's, IT CAME FROM THE DESERT is a pulpy, action monster movie, inspired by Cinemaware's cult 1980’s video game of the same name. It features rival motocross heroes and heroines, kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases, romantic insecurities... and of course giant ants.

Marko Mäkilaakso (WAR OF THE DEAD) directed and co-wrote with Hank Woon (AGE OF DINOSAURS) and Trent Haaga (68 KILL). Finland’s Roger! Pictures partnered with US-based legendary game developer Cinemaware to produce a motion picture adaptation of the classic 80’s game It Came From the Desert.

“This film is classic matinee monster madness,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “Harkening back to the early days where Roger Corman would just take whatever and make it larger than man, it shows that even now, and dripping with humor as IT CAME FROM THE DESERT does, the same fears exist: the men use science to tamper with nature in ways they shouldn’t. And this time, nature is six legs of lethal.”

The 1989 action-adventure game It Came from the Desert was inspired by dozens of 1950s "B" movies, especially the 1954 mutant-ant classic THEM!. The title references the 1953 horror film, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.


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Emma-awarded Marko Mäkilaakso is a feature film director, but he is also known for his work on music videos, TV commercials, TV series and internationally recognized and awarded short films. In 2011, the world premiere of his directional debut WAR OF THE DEAD was held in Toronto After Dark Film Festival.



Trent Haaga

Marko Mäkilaakso

Hank Woon Jr.



Mark Arnold is an actor and producer, known for TEEN WOLF (1985), BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) and FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (2016).

Harry Lister Smith is a British-born actor, known for WAR & PEACE (2016), MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) and GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (2017).

Vanessa Grasse is a Canadian actress, known for LEATHERFACE (2017), ASTRAL and ROBOSHARK (2015).

Earlier Event: October 18