It Stains the Sands Red

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It Stains the Sands Red
It Stains the Sands Red poster.jpg
Directed byColin Minihan
Written byColin Minihan
Stuart Ortiz
Produced byBrandon Christensen
Bic Tran
Colin Minihan
Stuart Ortiz
StarringBrittany Allen
Merwin Mondesir
Juan Riedinger
CinematographyClayton Moore
Music byBlitz//Berlin
Distributed byDark Sky Films
Running time
92 minutes
United States
Box office$3,599 [1]

It Stains the Sands Red is a 2016 Canadian-American horror film directed by Colin Minihan. It stars Brittany Allen as a woman relentlessly pursued through the desert outside of Las Vegas by a single zombie.


During a zombie apocalypse, Las Vegas residents Molly and Nick are on their way to meet up with some friends at a remote airfield in order to catch a plane ride out of the country. Their car gets stuck in the sand, and a lone zombie kills Nick. Molly continues across the desert on foot, all the while pursued by the slow-moving but persistent zombie.



Filming took place at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.[2]


The film had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in October 2016. It also screened at the 2017 LA Film Festival.[3]

It began a limited theatrical release on July 28, 2017.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Variety praised Allen’s performance and the resourcefulness of director Minihan, while declaring that it's "never really scary or funny enough to leave a memorable impression".[5]

A review in LA Weekly indicated that "what could have been a wordless slog is inventive and even buoyant".[6]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Genre fans will likely have a hard time coming to terms with this tonally confused and sometimes grating film, whose commercial prospects are limited despite the appeals it makes to some underserved audiences".[7]


  1. ^ "It Stains the Sand Red (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Scene in Nevada: It Stains the Sands Red". Nevada Film Office.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 9, 2017). "Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils 2017 Lineup". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (June 20, 2017). "It Stains the Sands Red Gets VOD and Theatrical Release". Dread Central.
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (July 27, 2017). "Film Review: 'It Stains the Sands Red'". Variety.
  6. ^ Staeger, Rob. "It Stains the Sands Red". LA Weekly.
  7. ^ DeFore, John (July 28, 2017). "'It Stains the Sands Red': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.

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