Dead Ant (2017)

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When the 1989 "one-hit-wonder" glam-metal band "Sonic Grave" embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an "unworldly" viscous attack, and they must "rock" themselves out of harms way.

"Dead Ant" is a 2017 American horror-comedy film directed by Ron Carlson. A strange mix of funny, scary, and musical aspects, "Dead Ant" features an all-star cast consisting of: Jake Busey, Sean Astin, Leisha Hailey, Tom Arnold, and Rhys Coiro. The movie follows a washed-up glam metal band, Sonic Grave, who discover themselves fighting gigantic ants in the desert, leading to an unusual, yet surprisingly amusing plotline.

Plot Summary
Embed in the Mojave Desert, the has-been 80's glam metal band Sonic Grave starts a trip to "No-chella", a music celebration in the desert, wishing to rebound and restore their rock star status. On their journey, the band's manager, Danny (Tom Arnold), insists they make a rest stop at a Native American souvenir store and purchase peyote to actually get in the 'right state of mind' for their efficiency.

Nevertheless, this apparently harmless choice leads them into a strange nightmare. The Native American shopkeeper alerts the band not to damage any living creature while on the peyote journey, which they overlook. While under the influence, Stevie (Cortney Palm), the band's publicist, inadvertently kills a harmless ant, therefore invoking a curse that reanimates the insect into an ever-growing, killer huge ant.

The band, unaware of the looming risk, continues its journey and gets attacked by massive ants. They have no other option however to pull their resources together to eliminate these monstrous pests. Amidst the chaos, band members are picked off one by one, resulting in a hilarious series of events as they combat the huge ants while keeping undamaged their glam metal personas.

Characters and Performances
Each member of the Sonic Grave band includes flavor to the movie. Jake Busey as Merrick and Rhys Coiro as Pager are the diva, while Leisha Hailey plays Lisa, the drummer, and Sean Astin stars as Art, the band's most recent member. Though they are all comically incompetent, their loyalty towards the band is charming.

Regardless of their disconcerting scenario, the band never loses their rock 'n roll spirit, delivering an efficiency filled with humor and unanticipated bravery. Tom Arnold, as the band's manager Danny, brings a vibrant energy to his role, working as the glue holding the unite. Overall, the efficiencies are generally defined by absurdity, crass jokes, and comical timing.

"Dead Ant" is an enjoyable, if not somewhat bizarre, mash-up of horror, comedy, and rock-and-roll. It uses an intriguing spin on the classic monster movie category, with its huge killer ants. The movie does not take itself too seriously, appearing to welcome its own silliness. Theme-wise, "Dead Ant" not overtly deep or extensive but focuses more on supplying an amusing and light-hearted watching experience.

Unique in its idea, "Dead Ant" may not attract everyone, but for those who take pleasure in offbeat, comical horror, it's a gem. With its colorful characters, outrageous plotline, humorous discussions, and giant killing ants, "Dead Ant" is a memorable film that leaves a long lasting impression. It's a throwback to traditional monster flicks with an 80's rock band twist, bringing a sense of fond memories together with lots of laughs.

Top Cast

  • Tom Arnold (small)
    Tom Arnold
  • Rhys Coiro (small)
    Rhys Coiro
  • Jake Busey (small)
    Jake Busey
  • Leisha Hailey (small)
    Leisha Hailey
  • Cameron Richardson (small)
    Cameron Richardson
  • Sydney Sweeney (small)
    Sydney Sweeney
  • Danny Woodburn (small)
    Danny Woodburn
  • Joi Liaye (small)
    Joi Liaye
  • Michael Horse (small)
    Michael Horse
  • Sean Astin (small)
    Sean Astin
  • Cortney Palm (small)
    Cortney Palm