When was the last time you saw a unique approach to a zombie movie?
Blood Quantum, written and directed by Rhymes for Young Ghouls‘ Jeff Barnaby, does something a little different. Instead of a typical zombie outbreak that infects everyone on the planet, this movie’s outbreak runs into a roadblock when it comes to an indigenous tribe called the Red Crow: its members are immune to the virus. So what happens when the Red Crow establish their own stronghold and non-indigenous survivors want protection? I won’t spoil anything, but the situation gets very, very bloody.
The movie is currently streaming on the horror-centric subscription service Shudder, but since it’s about to hit VOD, Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray in just a few days, we’re giving away two Blu-ray copies of Blood Quantum. Read on to find out how to win. Read More »
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This week we help hide a dead body, rebuild what was destroyed by flames, fly to Japan for some Yakuza fun, spy on some ladies in a nursing home, and give the zombie genre another fresh look.
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Blood Quantum, the second feature film from Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ Jeff Barnaby, opens with an intense ancient settler’s proverb that reads, in part: “Take heed to thyself, make no treaty with the inhabitants of the land you are entering,” lest a lot of really heinous things happen, apparently.
It’s an ominous and telling start to a film that follows the Mi’gmaq community of Red Crow and their police chief Traylor (a great Michael Greyeyes) just before, during and six months after a zombie outbreak. Soon, the undead apocalypse has decimated the rest of the earth’s population, but the Red Crow are immune to the zombie virus, and they must decide amongst their population whether to allow into the reserve the non-Indigenous people arriving to take shelter from the hordes of undead.
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