Review

Synopsis:

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail.

Review:

A stripper and her boyfriend zip down the deserted highway, leading out of Vegas. The world is in the midst of zombie Armageddon, and yet these two don’t seem to fully grasp the situation. The stripper is a tough chick named Molly (Brittany Allen), and it’s pretty clear who wears the pants in her relationship. When their car gets stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, they get out and try to remedy the situation, but on their trail is a single zombie, and they underestimate him: Even after they shoot him several times, he advances, and then traps them in their car through the night. After thinking he’s gone, they go back out, but BIG MISTAKE: The zombie gets Molly’s boyfriend, and Molly (armed with a backpack full of water bottles and vodka) gets away into the night. Thinking she’s safe hours later, she gets a rude awakening when she realizes that her “stalker” has followed her through the desert and continues to advance on her no matter how far she gets. Over the course of the next day or so, Molly’s zombie is sure to get her the second she lets her guard down, and running low on water and hope, she’ll have to get smart real quick if she’s to survive her trek through the desert.

It Stains the Sand Red is more than just a situational zombie film. We follow the lead character through her trials and tribulations and the story actually goes somewhere after awhile as we learn that she has a daughter who needs her help some distance away, so there’s more to this movie than at first meets the eye. Also, there’s a weird subtext of falling for your abuser in the film that gave me the icky feels. That said, I’ve seen more than my share of end of the world zombie movies, and while this one does something a little unique within the subgenre, it’s still not as snappy as it should be. Allen gives a devoted performance (she was also a producer on it), and the pacing is okay, but the script by Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minhan (who also directed) doesn’t pull you in the way it should. If you’re looking for a microcosm zombie apocalypse picture, this one should do the trick.

Dark Sky Films has just released It Stains the Sands Red onto DVD and blu ray, and it contains several behind the scenes special features and a trailer.



About the Author

david j. moore
david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.