On a lonely, two-lane highway in southern Nevada, Molly and her boyfriend Nick have put Las Vegas – and the encroaching zombie apocalypse – in their rearview mirror. Alas, during an unexpected stop, a lone traveler stumbles into sight, and Nick scrambles for his gun in the glove compartment. Poor aim, an empty clip and a rut in the sand leave the couple trapped in their car, and face to face with their darkest fears. When things take a turn for the worst, Molly will have to summon the strength she never knew she had to face both the zombies and the demons that have chased her all her life. As she’s pursued by the threatening yet slow-moving creatures relentlessly on her trail, the film becomes a character study of victims, both monster and human — a zombie humanised with a happy past, and a woman desensitised by a more troubled one. Featuring a powerhouse performance from lead Brittany Allen, writer-director Colin Minihan, one half of the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters, Extraterrestrial), offers a unique and visceral take on the classic zombie narrative.
It Stains the Sands Red | Dir. Colin Minihan | USA | 2017 | 92mins | Sydney Premiere
“A refreshing new zombie film that is the perfect antithesis to The Walking Dead. It’s smart, funny, scary, and oh so entertaining.”
“The best zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead.”