In what one critic calls “Fun and gory as hell,” Blood Quantum got a surprise drop on Shudder this morning.
As a part of their “Halfway to Halloween Month” the streaming service decided it would be the perfect time to send this well-received festival favorite out on their platform.
“We knew the film was important and timely when we acquired it last year, but given recent events, Blood Quantum’s themes of isolation, fear of contagion, and humanity struggling with the ramifications of a global virus have only grown more relevant,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “When a theatrical release became untenable due to the real-world pandemic, we decided to accelerate the launch of Barnaby’s film so it would reach the biggest audience possible.”
The film follows a pandemic of dead people coming back to life near the Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow which somehow is immune to it. Traylor (Greyeyes), the tribal sheriff, must “protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riffraff from the hordes of walking white corpses.”
Director Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) is a First Nations filmmaker born on the Mi’gmaq reserve, where Blood Quantum takes place. He does quadruple duty here as the writer, director, editor, and composer. His films frequently cast from within the Indigenous community and paint a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial Indigenous life and culture – in this case, painting it in blood.
Blood Quantum premiered at TIFF’s Midnight Madness block in 2019 with positive reviews. iHorror’s own critic Kelly McNeely saying of the gore effects, “This is a visceral film that would do Tom Savini proud, with moments that pay homage to one of the more brutal scenes in Dawn of the Dead.
Here’s the trailer: