Blood Quantum – Canada – reviews

Blood Quantum is a 2019 Canadian horror feature film about a zombie plague that devastates the world except for one Indigenous Native American community.

Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), the Prospector Films production stars Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Olivia Scriven and Stonehorse Lone Goeman.

Plot:

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Do they offer refuge to the denizens outside their reserve or not?

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“While the motivations for the chaos that tears down the new society are a little circumstantial and won’t work for everyone, Barnaby has an undeniable understanding of how to handle gore. Blood Quantum delights in messy violence, often timed with a comedic stinger to help the exploding heads and entrails go down easier.” Joe Lipsett, Bloody Disgusting

” …kind of a mess, with structural leaps and sudden tonal changes that make it feel as though Barnaby is trying to paper over scenes that either didn’t work or were never shot in the first place. When it works, it really works… but it gets increasingly difficult to ignore the stuff that doesn’t.” Norman Wilner, Now Toronto

“The concept is astute and sharply executed. The cast is more than up to task of navigating the mood and tonal shifts of the picture, but the editing and screenplay […] struggle to reconcile a loving reverence for the sub-genre, and the very real political pain it is trying to exorcise.” Kurt Halfyard, Screen Anarchy

“There’s little in the way of creepy atmospherics here, let alone major jolts, and the often violent action isn’t staged or edited for maximum impact. Strangely, this is one zombie movie that keeps you interested in things that are usually incidental — cultural differences, problematic relationships — yet falls down when it comes to the basic “Boo!” factor.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Michael Greyeyes … Traylor
  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers … Joss
  • Forrest Goodluck … Joseph
  • Kiowa Gordon … Lysol
  • Olivia Scriven … Charlie
  • Stonehorse Lone Goeman … Gisigu
  • Brandon Oakes … Bumper
  • William Belleau … Shooker
  • Devery Jacobs … James
  • Gary Farmer … Moon
  • Felicia Shulman … Doris
  • Trevor Hayes … Man
  • Natalie Liconti … Lilith
  • Sylvano Harvey … Zombie
  • Sébastien Bolduc … Zombie

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