It Stains the Sands Red
In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly, a troubled woman from Las Vegas, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone ravenous zombie on her trail. At first, she’s easily able to outpace her undead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn’t need to ever stop and rest. Running low on supplies and beat down by the harsh environment, Molly will have to summon the strength she never knew she had to ultimately face both the zombie and the demons that have chased her all her life.
The movie starts with a really impressive camera shot from the sky of Las Vegas burning in flames after it has been thrown into a full-blown zombie apocalypse. We see all of the buildings and cars have been completely destroyed and as the camera zooms in we’re shown two Vegas residents Nick (Merwin Mondesir) and Molly (Brittany Allen), fleeing for their lives in a Porsche. Speeding down the long and dusty Arizona desert roads they taking hits of cocaine as they race to a remote airstrip from which they will be able to escape the horrors via airplane.
After a quick pit stop, the Porsche gets trapped in the sand and before Nick and Molly can get away they see a slow figure coming towards them. The cause of the apocalypse becomes clear as the figure gets closer, there’s no mistaking the decayed appearance of a zombie. After they fail to run it away, Molly suddenly leaves, running into the dark, followed closely by the same creature. However, no matter what she does or how far she runs, she can’t escape it. And with only a smartphone for navigation and limited supplies, she must try to make the 30 mile trip to the airfield on foot whilst being pursued by the ravenous flesh eater.
It has great special effects in the works, and it’s almost enough to compensate limited scope of the story that follows it. The films main focus is largely set on a stranded hooker being pursued by one zombie antagonist through the Nevada desert. The pace of the story is set at a nice steady burn, and about 30 minutes into it, the pace does pick up a little more with some new characters being introduced and a few pretty cool surprises.
It Stains the Sands Red has some pretty intense and gruesome moments throughout it, and the characters are developed just enough to start getting a feel for them and actually care about their survival….well, at least for the female – the zombie, on the other hand, is also getting some of your feels because you are now realizing that you care for him too, he’s just that pitiful. We can also see and understand how and why the woman also develops a sort of emotional attachment to the zombie that’s chasing after her, while still leading to some very aggressive horrifying situations.
All zombie fans should be able to enjoy this film, as it’s definitely one that moves down its own path, but it’s also on that caught me completely off guard. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. As a major “Walking Dead” fan, the standards are set very high for the acceptance of a generic zombie movie. But this movie was actually very good, with a complete story to tell from start to finish, and excellent character development. The film ends up working very well because of the dynamics between the living woman and the dead man. The story offers up some new direction for the movie to go in, and the end as well. It’s a very different kind of zombie movie, which is certainly an achievement, and while it may not be for everyone, I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Title: It Stains the Sands Red
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Starring: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, Merwin Mondesir
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Colin Minihan
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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