Just when I think every possible iteration of the zombie narrative has been told, I am proven wrong.
Bleed The Night by filmmaker Reza Ghassemi is a zombie apocalypse survival story mixed with elements of science fiction and gritty crime drama.
As Audrey gets her bearings, she makes a horrifying discovery: she is surrounded by zombies barring her path to escape.
Like the classic film Groundhog Day, she is forced to relive the same day after her escape attempts fail.
Ghassemi has succeeded in crafting an inventive zombie story by coloring outside the lines of typical horror fare.
Using the sci-fi element of a time loop to frame the earliest moments of a zombie apocalypse, he injects intrigue and mystery into a plot beat very familiar to genre viewers.
Bleed The Night is also shot with a bold, aggressive sense of style and pace similar to Korean crime thrillers.
Another of the film's highlights is the actors. The small cast turns in impressive performances.
Zyana shines as Audrey. Without much dialogue, she is able to portray the disorientation, terror, and desperation of a woman caught in unimaginably dire circumstances.
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Bleed The Night is not just exceptional as a zombie short, but also as an example of innovative filmmaking.
With zest and flair, the short's inspired premise elevates what could have been a paint-by-numbers zombie story.
Such an accomplishment guarantees Reza Ghassemi is a filmmaker to watch.
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