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 Crpyt

“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


Dead Ant premiered at Screamfest in Hollywood in October 2017.

Cinedigm is releasing 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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