Shudder Bypasses Closed Theaters, Releases ‘Blood Quantum’

by Thomas Tuna

Surprising movie-starved horror fans everywhere, Shudder this week released a zombie film that was described as “fun and gory as hell.”

Sounds like our kind of movie.

Blood Quantum, the most recent addition to Shudder’s “Halfway to Halloween Month” event, debuted at TIFF’s Midnight Madness block last year to strong reviews.

The popular streamer decided this would be the perfect time to roll out this horror film, according to, what with movie theaters across the country still shuttered, with no reopening date on the horizon.

As explained, the movie is set in 1981 when a virus infects the Earth and turns everyone into zombies, with just one community left untainted to fight back.

The pandemic resurrects dead people near the Mi’Gmaq reserve of Red Crow, which has a mysterious immunity to the horrific goings-on.

The tribal sheriff tries to combat the effects of the pandemic, wanting to “protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees and reserve riffraff from the horde of walking corpses,” the filmmakers said.

Director Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) has an intimate connection to the film’s storyline. A First Nations filmmaker who was born on the reserve, he does it all on this film–writer, director, editor and composer.

The movie stars Michael Greyeyes, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Elle-Maria Tailfeathers, Olivia Scriven, Stonehorse Lone Goeman, Brandon Oakes, William Belleau, Devery Jacobs and Gary Farmer.

Shudder general manager Craig Engler said in a statement that the film strikes a strong chord in today’s uncertain world. “Given recent events, Blood Quantum‘s themes of isolation, fear of contagion and humanity struggling with the ramifications of global virus have grown more relevant,” he said.

Blood Quantum rolls out on all Shudder platforms as of midnight (ET) tonight–April 28.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on any future releases from Shudder.

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