“It Stains the Sands Red” (2016) / Z-View
It Stains the Sands Red (2016)
Director: Colin Minihan
Screenplay by: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz
Starring: Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger and Merwin Mondesir
Tagline: It NEVER rests. It NEVER sleeps. It NEVER stops.
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
A zombie apocalypse has just started. Molly (Allen) and her boyfriend, Nick (Mondesir) have left Vegas and are driving to a remote desert airfield where friends are meeting to fly to a safe location. When their car becomes disabled and a zombie kills her boyfriend, Molly has no choice but to attempt to walk across the desert to the airfield still miles away… with the zombie in slow pursuit!
It Stains the Sands Red takes an interesting premise and through dumb / illogical choices of Molly (and the screenwriters), the film becomes less scary and more irritating. The idea of a zombie chasing you through an area where there are few places to hide, little in the way of weapons and a climate that will wear you down, while the zombie never tires, never sleeps and has no need for food or water is a good one.
Still it would be hard to sustain a feature film where a zombie follows a person for 90 minutes. To their credit, Minihan and Ortiz add things/people to the mix. Where the film goes south (for me) is when Molly begins to talk to the zombie and it responds. C’mon folks! Zombies are mindless eating machines. They don’t think, they don’t listen and they don’t respond to commands.
It Stains the Sands Red earns 2 of 5 stars.