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Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray Review

No more power ballads!  No more power ballads!  That’s the chant that guitarist Pager (Rhys Coiro) of Sonic Grave keeps repeating.  He’s had enough of the panty-dropping cheese and wants to rock out at Coachella this year.  Can anyone blame him?  The 1980s are dead and buried. 

And the road Sonic Grave is currently traveling only goes on forever FORWARD.  The other members of Sonic Grave are lead singer Merrick (Jake Busey), bassist Art (Sean Astin), and drummer Stevie (Leisha Hailey).  And their mission to make the concert involves stopping in Joshua Tree for some peyote.  Yeah, man.  They will get there when they get there, right?   

"Imagine This is Spinal Tap mixed with Them! and you will understand just where this strange tale is going.  This is a desert-bound movie that never once takes itself seriously."


Except his band, currently riding down a desert highway in California, aren’t headed to that particular music festival.  Managed by Danny (Tom Arnold), the 80s glam metal band is actually rolling toward the lesser known Nochella . . . and, warned by their supplier Bigfoot (Michael Horse, Twin Peaks) and Firecracker (Danny Woodburn, Seinfeld), his stunted sidekick, if they don’t respect the nature round their spinning tires, then that nature is going to have its way with all of them.

Yeah, writing another hit is the furthest thing from their mind.  They just want to party and smash ants.  Uh-oh.  With Danny pissed and some new groupies in tow, the ants suddenly get big assed and really pissed off.  What the hell?!?!

Welcome to the B-grade entertainment of Dead Ant, a hilariously wrongheaded send-up of 1950s B-pictures . . . with guitars!  Lawn chairs won’t save these idiots, but they try and neither will more drugs (they try again), and so they must save themselves with whatever they have around them. 

Imagine This is Spinal Tap mixed with Them! and you will understand just where this strange tale is going.  This is a desert-bound movie that never once takes itself seriously.  It opens with a giant ant chasing down a young, nubile woman as she strips while running away from the beast, tossing her bras and panties at the giant insect.  If you aren’t laughing already, this joke of a movie is already lost on you.Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray Review

One of the best scenes in the movie involves Astin, after being gouged and gorged by the angry ants, stumbling back into the camp and then, when no one knows how to save him, just dropping to the ground, waiting to be saved.  They attempt to drag him, but his arm comes off.  The comedy is not witty at all, but it works to create a mood of mayhem and endless munchies. 

Stranded and isolated on the way to the venue, they must rely on their own dumb asses in order to survive the endless waves of attacks from these mutant ants.  Tremors-like and completely stoned out of its skull, director Ron Carlson’s Dead Ant is now on blu-ray.

Bottoms up!

3 beers

Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
87 mins
Director
: Ron Carlson
Writer:
Ron Carlson
Cast:
Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Martin Blasick
Genre
: Adventure | Comedy
Tagline:
A Ron Carlson film.
Memorable Movie Quote: "We need to go to Coachella and Rock!"
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 5, 2019
Synopsis: When the '80s one-hit-wonder glam-metal band Sonic Grave embarks on a road trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites a grisly attack, and they must "rock" themselves out of harm's way.

Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: NVG
Available on Blu-ray
- March 5, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: None
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Fun in the sun!  With crisp desert locales and solid colors throughout, the HD transfer looks great.  Black levels are crisp and deep, and colors are saturated.  The color palette is naturally well balanced with warm and rich hues. Contrast is excellent, with solid and deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Flesh tones are naturally cast.  The film is rich with atmosphere thanks to handling of many black levels.  We also get a solidly creepy DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

There are plenty of supplemental items which will please fans of the movie.

  • "Side Boob" Music Video
  • Sonic Grave Pre-Stage
  • Firecracker/Bigfoot Hug
  • Sonic Grave Jam Session
  • Building No-Chella
  • Page Stunt vs. Movie
  • Tom Arnold Bloody Stump
  • Sean Goes Bowling
  • Pitching a Tent   

Dead Ant (2017) - Blu-ray Review

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