Dead Ant (2017) Horror Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Ron Carlson
Writers: Hank Braxtan (story), Ron Carlson (screenplay)
Producers: Mark Hodos, Stephanie Hodos, Matt Luber
Date Released: October 10, 2017
Tom Arnold as Danny
Sean Astin as Art
Martin Blasick as Guitarist Stereoblasters
Natasha Blasick as Daisy Rock Bassist
Jake Busey as Merrick
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Dead Ant (2017) follows the story of a metal band named “ Sonic Grave”. The band wass a “one hit wonder” and attempts to make a come back by taking a trip to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. Along the way, Art insists on stopping at Joshua Tree to get a peyote (a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug) for the trip. Unfortunately, the concoction stimulates a supernatural attack and the band is forced to survive against killer ants.
There is not a lot of gore in this movie. However, there are a few scenes that involve exposed flesh after an ant attack. In one notable scene, a pair of hands is ripped off while escaping a killer ant. However, the ants generally look fake and are not impressionable. As such, the CGI work was not well-done.
The Grave Review
The biggest flaw of Dead Ant (2017) is the lack of substance incorporated in the plot. The plot is simple; a rock band tries to reignite their fame by taking a trip to perform at a festival but pick up drugs on the way. As a result, killer ants are released into the world and the band must try to survive. The story is elementary and becomes tiresome by the end of the film. Other than naked women and occasional humor, there is nothing that keeps the story interesting. However, viewers who remember the 1980s rock and roll era will be able to take a trip down memory lane.
Dead Ant does has an excellent lineup of cast members including Sean Astin, Tom Arnold and Jake Busey. Their performances were enjoyable to watch and the actors had good chemistry with one another. However, their performances were overshadowed by the poor story line and the comedic CGI effects. As a result, the performances were unable to carry the film from start to finish. The best aspect of Dead Ant (2017) was the musical score and the 1980s theme that was portrayed.
Overall, Dead Ant (2017) has a good cast but a mediocre screenplay. The film is fun to watch but does not provide any backstory or plot twists. As such, Dead Ant is a good mindless watch but not something that you should go out of your way for.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Dead Ant (2017) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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