Compared to Robin Aubert and Les Affamés, Barnaby has an eye for imagery, a better grasp of zombie and genre conventions, and at least tries to tackle some subjects. But too often Blood Quantum falls back on the heavy-handed and incoherent post-apocalyptic drama in the wake of The Walking Dead.
FNC '19 After his fine debut (Rhymes with Young Ghouls) Barnaby enters the horror genre with this unique take on the zombie film. After a 'zed' outbreak only Indigenous people seem immune from its contagion. The film jumps six months after the outbreak to find a refugee camp of sorts being run on the local Mi'gMaq reserve. More than just a zombie film Barnaby offers strong political undertones and allusions.
Other than the fact the stars are indigenous and living on a reservation, there is absolutely nothing unique about this zombie film – needlessly bloated runtime, gore for gore's sake, a complete lack of topical humour (given the angle of the film), and generic characters with some unique qualities that are almost always ignored. This was a let down. Another filmmaker being heralded without delivering.
Jeff Barnaby makes a play for the position of Canada's John Carpenter, and he fucking kills it. To those with money who want to get in the film industry, seek out those that aren't white men. People who aren't white men have the most interesting stories to tell.