Just when I think every possible iteration of the zombie narrative has been told, I am proven very wrong.
Bleed The Night, by filmmaker Reza Ghassemi, is a zombie apocalypse survival story, but with elements of science fiction and gritty crime drama mixed in.
As Audrey gets her bearings, she makes the horrifying discovery that she is surrounded by zombies barring her path to escape.
LIke the classic film Groundhog Day, Audrey is forced to relive the 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 very sci-fi element of a time loop to frame the earliest moments of a zombie apocalypse injects intrigue and allure into a plot beat very familiar to many viewers.
Bleed The Night is also shot with an aggressive, dynamic 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.
Nicole Zyana shines as Audrey. Without much dialogue, she is able to convincing 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 as a film period.
With an inspired premise that injects zest and flair into what could have been a run-of-the-mill zombie story, Reza Ghassemi promises to be a filmmaker to watch.
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