Saturday, 5 September 2020

The Midnight Horror Review - Blood Quantum (2019)



The Canadian zombie flick Blood Quantum landed on DVD & Blu-ray this past week from RLJE Films. Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby, the film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The horror streaming service Shudder premiered the movie in the USA, the UK, and Ireland on April 28, 2020, as one of their "original" titles. It received mostly positive reviews from critics and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

Set in 1981, Blood Quantum centers on a plague that turns the infected into blood-thirsty zombies. Well, all except for the people living on Red Crow Indian Reservation in Quebec, Canada, as anyone with Indigenous blood are immune from the virus. The tribal sheriff, Traylor (played by Michael Greyeyes,) is determined to protect his people and any other survivors that come across the reserve.

Sheltering non-immunes turns deadly after an infected refugee turns into a flesh-eating zombie and begins a chain reaction of horror.

The film also stars Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.
 


Final Thoughts

I heard good things about Blood Quantum from other horror fans, so my expectations were a bit high before watching it on DVD, which is a bare-bones release with no special features or bonus extras.

The acting from the entire cast is excellent, especially for a zombie flick. The cinematography and production values are above average. The zombie makeup and special effects were well done. As for the plot, it's generic at best. Take away the "reservation" setting, then all there that's left is your typical undead plot.

Overall, Blood Quantum is an entertaining zombie flick with plenty of blood and guts. While it's not the greatest, it's one of the better recent zombie tales.

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