Dead Ant – USA, 2017

Dead Ant is a 2017 American science fiction comedy horror feature film written and directed by Ron Carlson from a story co-written by Hank Braxtan and Dan Sinclair.

The August Heart Entertainment production stars Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Martin Blasick, Natasha Blasick, Daisy Rock Bassisk and Jake Busey … Merrick


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…


“Stunted early pacing takes too many cues from stoner comedy slowness. Inherently by virtue of its wild idea, you’d think Dead Ant would be irreverently edgy. Instead, it’s missing a colorful vibrancy that would send more snappiness into its style […] Tom Arnold in particular puts enormous passion into his performance, although the script doesn’t fully reward him for his effort.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Dead Ant screams into the mic that you’d better respect the legacy of hair metal and giant insects. That’s a combination that any self-respecting fan should be able to appreciate. Is it cheesy both in presentation and style? Sure it is. That’s the one of the biggest parts of its charm.” Stuart D. Monroe, Horror DNA

“Nearly every minute is filled with some combination of jiggling cleavage, splattering insect guts, and corny jokes about rock ’n’ roll losers. Dead Ant isn’t exactly clever […] But Carlson does swiftly and skillfully move the story toward a surprisingly spectacular finish…” Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“Carlson finds a good balance between the films of the ’50s and the present by having the film play seriously but inject it with plenty of humor which doesn’t treat the material like a joke or breaks the fourth wall.  Far from perfect but certainly nowhere near being a bad film this proves to be an entertaining film worthy of a TV viewing on a Saturday afternoon.” Ernie Trinidad, Retro Filmmaven

“There are some very convincing shots of single ants. But anything with a group of them, let alone the horde at the end, is pretty much garbage. The odd bit of gore is well done but Dead Ant is a movie you watch for the ants. And they don’t deliver. Dead Ant might be watchable with the right drugs and low enough expectations. But It Came from the Desert is a much better updating of the giant ant film.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony


Dead Ant premiered at Screamfest in Hollywood in October 2017.

Cinedigm released Dead Ant theatrically, on VOD, and Digital HD on January 25, 2019.

Main cast and credits:

  • Tom Arnold … Danny
  • Sean Astin … Art
  • Martin Blasick … Guitarist Stereoblasters
  • Natasha Blasick … Daisy Rock Bassist
  • Jake Busey … Merrick
  • Michelle Campbell … Festival Goer
  • Angelica Cassidy … Festival Goer (as Angelica Chitwood)
  • Ewart Chin … Festival Monk
  • Leonel Claude … Festival Goer
  • Rhys Coiro … Pager
  • Leisha Hailey … Stevie
  • Michael Horse … Bigfoot
  • Camilla Jackson … Festival Goer
  • Lilith Kundalini
  • Jessica Lenz … Festival Goer

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