It Stains the Sands Red ★★★

A surprisingly enjoyable and involving low-budget, high-concept horror feature, thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of Brittany Allen, who isn’t afraid to look foolish or unlikeable. Usually, in a horror movie this frustrates, as a character makes one stupid decision after another... typically being rewarded with a quick dispatch. Here, the main character has clearly spent her whole life making terrible decisions, so the revelation that a zombie apocalypse changes nothing comes as no great shock. It's a refreshing take on characterization in a genre that too often prizes resourcefulness.

58/100