Bleary-eyed but wired on caffeine at a 12-hour horror movie marathon last October, around two in the morning I saw a film that wasn’t playing anywhere else in the state. We were just a few hours following its world premier. It was called Blood Quantum. I didn’t know anything about it. I just hoped it wouldn’t put me to sleep.
Even within the first minutes of reanimated fish slapping on the ground after being gutted, I knew Blood Quantum was going to be something special.
It truly is. Under the circumstances, a lesser movie would’ve dropped me to sleep. Blood Quantum, though, I still remember with vivid clarity. It’s an arresting film, following a Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow in Canada. A zombie plague strikes, but the reserve isn’t affected--or at least its indigenous people aren’t. This sets off a panic as swarms of people attempt to enter the reserve in hopes of finding help and freedom from the plague. Naturally, things don’t go so well for anyone involved.
It’s at once a social commentary and a horror film. It’s the best zombie movie in who knows how many years. Blood Quantum is something special, so please don’t miss it. It’ll infect theaters in Canada on March 27 before reaching US theaters in a limited release this spring.