Director: Steven Pierce | 2023 | 96 mins | Horror/Action | USA | English
Official Selection – FrightFest 2023
When Jamie Miller and her wife, Alex Kanai, try to save their failing marriage by going on a canoe trip in rural Missouri, they find themselves stranded after an accident. Alex breaks her leg during a canoe flip and they must slowly make their way to the nearest small town for help. Upon arriving they find it has been overrun by virus-infected “Heps” and extreme right wing local militias who are battling them.
The leader of one of the groups, “Big John Gruber”, shuttles them to safety at his bunker where they are welcomed by a seemingly friendly group of locals, but after witnessing personal and gruesome horrors, the women know they must escape.
Jamie and Alex now find themselves on the run, caught between the group that saved them, a competing militia, and the growing infected Hep threat.
“IT HAS BEEN 38 YEARS SINCE ANYTHING HAS SHAKEN UP THE GENRE QUITE LIKE HERD.”
– EYE FOR FILM
“PIERCE, WHO COWROTE THE SCREENPLAY WITH JAMES ALLERDYCE, HELMS HIS FILM IMPRESSIVELY AND IS AIDED BY TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES FROM ADAIR, AKAHA, HOLMS, AND A SIZABLE SUPPORTING CAST.”
– HORROR FUEL
“IN A CINEMATIC LANDSCAPE SATURATED WITH ZOMBIE FILMS THAT TEND TO LOOK TOO MUCH ALIKE, HERD IS A BOLD, INTROSPECTIVE ADDITION THAT RAISES PERTINENT QUESTIONS ABOUT HUMAN NATURE, RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIETAL NORMS. PIERCE’S DIRECTION, COMBINED WITH A COMPELLING SCRIPT AND STRONG PERFORMANCES, CREATES AN EXPERIENCE THAT LINGERS LONG AFTER THE CREDITS ROLL.”
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