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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 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
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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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It NEVER rests. It NEVER sleeps. It NEVER stops. See more »

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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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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,584,199
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The film had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in October 2016. It also screened at the 2017 LA Film Festival. It began a limited theatrical release on July 28, 2017.[3] See more »

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When Molly is running towards the red car, a crew member can be seen reflected in the car. 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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Love wont be leaving
by Anna Calvi
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Fix the niggles, and the rest flows
23 August 2017 | by begobSee all my reviews

A stripper-mom fleeing a zombie apocalypse finds herself alone and stranded in the desert as one of the creatures stalks her ...

Good concept with an interesting twist and energetic climax. Plenty of style, with fine cinematography and a few big-bucks effects. This is from the writer/director/producer team behind Grave Encounters, so you might expect a bleak and harrowing story, but it's surprisingly big hearted if not quite optimistic.

But surprise surprise - this experienced team allow a lot of niggles to interrupt the story, with constant lapses in plausibility and logic. For example, in the opening scene the getaway car digs its rear wheel into the sand and won't budge - instantly I thought of a way to dislodge it, but the characters didn't even begin to think - even for the comedy effect. Later, there are plenty opportunities to exploit the creature's weakness, but the heroine doesn't have the wit to even try. A safe-haven house appears and disappears for no reason. The story is peppered with these problems, which kept dragging me out but are easily fixable. It undermined the humour and pathos the story was aiming for, so that's frustrating.

The final act has a serious change of tack, which kinda works. It does deliver on character and emotion, but its awkwardness might have been less if the earlier story had flowed more smoothly. So there's plenty to enjoy in this movie, but the script was just a bit off.

The landscapes are gorgeous, and there's a good car-shot with a face in the wing mirror, plus a fire-lit reveal of the monster creeping up from behind. Also plenty of gore and skin.

Lead actress does well, with a great squeal & scarper when trying to confront the zombie. And the zombie's movements are well done, and he even generated sympathy. Was the chemistry believable? Would have helped to have better dialogue.

Enjoyed the music. And the title comes from a gross-out snack.

Overall: Quality, but sloppy.


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