Indigenous North Americans Are Immune from Zombie Plague in BLOOD QUANTUM

The Indigenous inhabitants of North America are among the most under-represented in mainstream media. That’s what makes Blood Quantum so exciting. It’s directed by Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq filmmaker who grew up on the Listuguj reserve in Quebec, Canada. Blood Quantum also features a predominantly Indigenous cast.

On top of all this, Indigenous culture is at the crux of the film, as these characters find they are uniquley immune from a zombie plaugue engulfing the rest of the world.

Today brings word that Shudder has aquired distribution rights for Blood Quantum:

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, today announced that they have acquired US, UK/Ireland, and Australia/NZ rights to the zombie thriller Blood Quantum, which debuted for buyers at the Marché du Film at Cannes.

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the tribal sheriff, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riff-raff from the hordes of walking white corpses.

Blood Quantum film stars Michael Greyeyes (Fear The Walking DeadTrue Detective), 2018 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship recipient Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (On the Farmand Forrest Goodluck (The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Revenant), and was produced by John Christou for Prospector Films and Rob Vroom. Madrona Drive also executive produced the film alongside XYZ Films. The film recently wrapped shooting in Montreal, Canada, and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory as well as Barnaby’s hometown of Listuguj, Quebec.

We don’t have a poster, trailer, or a release date for Blood Quantum at this time, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned and check back often!

Are you intrigued by the synopsis of Blood Quantum? Are you looking forward to seeing the film on Shudder (hopefully) sometime in 2019? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.


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  1. Looks great. Finally, an alternative to the theory that American Indians are like the Martians in War of the Worlds. You know, where the invaders cannot stomach the new microorganisms. This time, the people who are already here are not Americans, but American Indians, and the invaders are not Martians, but Whites. Kind of on the nose, but maybe we’ll see some great writing since the material is so fresh.

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