Plot: Molly (Brittany Allen) finds herself in the desert, pursued by a zombie who might be slow, but he is also quite persistent. A leisurely drive took a bad turn and left her driver dead, then she couldn’t reach anyone for help, so she is walking to an air field to find sanctuary. While her zombie stalker is dangerous, at least he is alone and slow, so she is able to keep ahead of him. Molly is even able to stop and rest, since he is too dumb to climb up rocks, allowing her to catch her breath, eat some chocolate, and of course, do a bump or two of cocaine. As time passes, her fear drains out and she becomes used to her follower, even talking to him at length about her life and problems. He just growls and keeps following, which she admires, even if she also tends to have abusive outbursts toward him and men in general. Will she be able to reach the air field and if so, what will become of her strange new relationship?
Entertainment Value: The zombie genre is beyond oversaturated, but sometimes a fresh approach is taken that pumps new life into the undead. This is certainly the case with It Stains the Sands Red, which focuses in one zombie and one potential victim, as the two engage in a long, unpredictable chase. I appreciated this more personal, small scale approach to the zombie apocalypse, as it feels so different than the rest of the genre and that is not common these days. But even with this more personal, character driven style, the movie hits on what zombie fans want, so it manages to balance fresh and familiar at the same time. The premise here is a good one, but it is Brittany Allen that makes the movie work as well as it does. She is so much fun to watch here, in a powerful and charismatic performance that really allows her to shine. The evolution of the banter between her and Smalls is hilarious, but she is also able to convey the dramatic elements of the narrative. Juan Riedinger is also good in his unusual role, but it is Allen that drives the movie, I can’t wait to see more of her work. So we have some gore, a dynamic lead, and a premise that makes zombies seem somewhat fresh again, what else could genre fans ask for?
No nakedness. A rape scene and a brief stripper sequence are the closest, but neither reveals any naked flesh. But the lack of sleaze isn’t an issue, given the premise and how the movie unfolds. A mixture of practical and CGI bloodshed is present, not a huge dose, but a decent amount. The flesh eating tends to produce the best looking effects, while the splatter from gun shots is typical low end CGI. A highlight involves Molly teasing Smalls and trying to lure him off her trail with a used tampon, which he of course devours for a while, before realizing he has been tricked. Molly has almost all the lines in the movie and she has some fun stuff, including outlandish banter with Smalls, taking turns abusing him and crying on his shoulder. The dynamic is an odd one, but it works and Allen is such a charismatic performer, she really makes the most of the material and makes the lines pack a nice punch. You don’t have small penis humiliation of the undead, but Molly is all too happy to provide that here. The premise offers some fresh takes, but doesn’t often feel like an off the rails ride. This isn’t a bad thing however, as it keeps familiar elements intact and then builds in a new direction. But Molly is a colorful, offbeat character and between her dialogue and Allen’s performance, the movie racks up a couple points.
Overall Insanity: 2/10