Shudder, the horror streaming service every once in a while gives fans a hidden gem of a film. This time its a little zombie flick called Blood Quantum. Now I know what you must be thinking, “oh great, another Zombie movie.” Well for every run of the mill zombie flick every once in a while we get a new gold standard in the genre like a “Train to Busan,” “Zoo,” or “The Night Eats The World.” Such is the case with Blood Quantum.
The film is a 2019 Canadian horror film directed by Jeff Barnaby and starring Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Brandon Oakes, Olivia Scriven, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, and Gary Farmer. The film depicts the effects of a zombie uprising on a First Nations reserve whose residents are personally immune to the plague because of their indigenous heritage, but must still cope with the consequences of its effects on the world around them, including a wave of white refugees seeking shelter on the reserve.
So that right there is unique concept within the zombie genre. Taking the epidemic out of rural areas or suburban settings in placing it in a diverse community. I like that. I wish more zombie films would show how the epidemic would affect other cultures and settings as opposed to the same neighborhoods, farms, and abandoned cities we are used to seeing in just about every zombie film.
Blood Quantum is now streaming on Shudder.