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It Stains the Sands Red (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 July 2017 (USA)
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.

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Colin Minihan
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Credited cast:
Brittany Allen ... Molly
Juan Riedinger ... Smalls
Merwin Mondesir ... Nick
Kristopher Higgins ... Ted
Andrew Supanz ... Jason
Nico David ... Chase
Michael Filipowich ... Jimmy
Dylan Playfair ... Robbie
Warren E. Thomas ... Soldier 1
Steve Judkins ... Soldier 2
Max Christensen Max Christensen ... Young Chase
Kyle McCachen ... Flashback Boyfriend
Shawn O'Brion Shawn O'Brion ... Dead Blake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Marvick ... Pipe Wrench Zombie
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This is it. What humanity feared the most is already happening, as a virulent pandemic sweeps the globe from end to end like a pitiless scourge, leaving behind legions of freshly-animated decomposing zombies. Under those circumstances, in the carcass of a levelled Las Vegas, a totally unprepared exotic dancer, Molly, crosses the rugged terrain of the unforgiving desert, driven solely by the will to survive, and a motive even greater than her own life. However, she's not alone. Like a powerful flesh-magnet, Molly attracts a ferocious undead male who is craving for a bite of those fragrant and bright-red offals of hers--and wherever Molly goes, the walking dead predator follows. In the end, do zombies ever get tired? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Sand See more »

Filming Locations:

Valley of Fire, Nevada, USA

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,599
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2.39:1
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Filming took place at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada See more »

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The burnt out vehicle with burnt driver, has no engine, and other items not in place in the engine bay. See more »

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Molly: Desert, it is. One foot after another. One foot after another. One foot after another...
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Lonely Richard
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A short review of "It Stains the Sands Red" (2017)
30 July 2017 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

"It Stains the Sands Red" (2017) is a pretty decent zombie film; I'd rate it an 8 out of 10.

The fun starts with a truly impressive aerial shot of Las Vegas in the midst of a full blown zombie apocalypse — it's great special effects work, and it's almost enough to compensate entirely for the limited scope of the story that follows it. (This film focuses largely on one stranded woman being pursued by one zombie antagonist through the Nevada desert.)

Although much of the film might be too slow for some horror fans, it's actually surprisingly intelligent. The movie focuses on things often neglected in survival horror scenarios like this one — factors like exhaustion, the elements, firearms proficiency, the availability of basic utilities and even the availability of addictive drugs. There's more to admire too — there's a plot twist late in the game that I thought was skillfully executed. (I won't spoil it here.) Finally, our ostensibly addle-brained anti-heroine does a couple of things that I never would have thought of in order to survive.

It also boasts an incongruously beautiful setting. (This was shot in Nevada's "Valley of Fire.")

"It Stains the Sands Red" isn't perfect. There are a couple of stupid parts, particularly near the end of the story. (Were these otherwise talented screenwriters just running out of steam?) And there is one surprise plot development that will be sure to have some genre fans rolling their eyes and groaning.

Also, the makeup effects for the monster were good enough, but not stellar. (Like many longtime fans of zombie horror, I think I've been spoiled by the genius of Greg Nicotero and Tom Savini.)

I 'd still name this as a good move, however, and I'd recommend it.


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