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Film / Blood Quantum

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Joseph (left), Traylor (center) and Lysol (right)

Blood Quantum is a 2019 Canadian Zombie Horror movie written and directed by Jeff Barnaby and starring Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Brandon Oakes, Olivia Scriven, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs and Gary Farmer.

Set in 1981, the movie concerns a zombie outbreak near the Red Lake Reservation, where Traylor (Michael Greyeyes) is the police chief. The Native population discovers they are immune to the virus, and begin fighting back against the zombies and taking in survivors.

The movie premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in the Midnight Madness category, it will be released on the Shudder streaming service.

The trailer can be seen here


Tropes Associated With Blood Quantum Include:

  • Amicable Exes: Traylor and Joss.
  • Badass Grandpa: Traylor's katana-wielding, WWII veteran father is one of the most competent zombie killers in the movie.
  • Bastard Bastard: Lysol
  • Chainsaw Good: a favorite weapon against the zombies, including a very memorable shot where a zombie attacking Traylor is killed with a chainsaw through the back of its head.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: the movie was meant as an allegory for the 1981 raids on the Restigouche Reservation by Canadian police. Jeff Barnaby has cited the documentary Incident at Restigouche as a major inspiration.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Joseph might not be the most responsible teen, but he's a lot more well-adjusted than his half-brother Lysol.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lysol's mother died soon after his birth, and Traylor basically abandoned him.
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  • Gender-Blender Name: Joseph's girlfriend is named "Charlie".
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Zig-Zagged. Joseph's girlfriend Charlie is planning on getting an abortion early in the movie, and Joseph is supportive, but it never happens because of the chaos caused at the hospital by the zombie outbreak.
  • Groin Attack: Lysol, by way of the infected girl brought into the camp.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Traylor sacrifices himself so the others can escape.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. One woman infected with the zombie virus is seen eating the fetus she had just given birth to.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Lysol's hostility towards white people is cruel and unpleasant, but he's not wrong when says an infection among them could end up killing everybody.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Lysol.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of the only safe ways to dispose of the dead.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Traylor's father prefers a katana.
    "You don't need to reload a sword"
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: They're not married, but Charlie and Joseph having a child together is looked with trepidation by some because Charlie is white and therefore vulnerable to the zombie virus.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: the word "zombie" is never spoken aloud. The most common slang used for the virus/infected is "Zed".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Alan aka "Lysol", Traylor's oldest son.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: This zombie virus infects salmon and dogs, too, and seems to be spread by water. Also, indigenous people are immune to infection.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Lysol is left to be torn apart by zombies when the others escape.
  • Time Skip: At the end of the first act, we jump six months into the future where society is at the brink and the Reservation seems like it could be the last safe place for the uninfected.

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