The plot: Our protagonist, Jim (Jay Hayden) is having a bad day. Notice his coffee mug....pathetic. As he wakes up, he looks forward to proposing to his beautiful girlfriend, Emily (McKenna Jones). She is a nurse and madly in love with him. Then BOOM!!!!! The chemical plant at the edge of town explodes, and instantly the town is quarantined and the residents get homicidal...even cannibalistic. Fleeing the carnage which infected hordes and martial law can bring, Emily is shot to death. Jim takes refuge in an abandoned stable at a horse farm, seemingly safe. He deposits Emily in a private stable (there is still respect for the dead) and finds a high powered rifle, ammo, and a working TV. The news broadcasts are grim, and Jim realizes he has to hunker down. With helicopters and jet fighters going back and forth and the sounds of distant gunfire, Jim carelessly leaves a door unlocked and soon finds himself in a battle for life with an infected Kentuckian (see picture below).
After prevailing, Jim receives a call from a group of survivors a few hundred yards due north of him. They are secured in a large tobacco warehouse and have plenty of food and water. Jim accepts their invitation to join them and sprints to their location. There he meets his new best friends, Scott (Scott Lilly) and Julie (Kathryn Todd Norman). Scott reminds us of the weird guy at Terminus in "The Walking Dead," but in this film is very magnanimous to his new friend. Julie is straight out of the 1950s and is constantly ordered to fix sandwiches, fix stew, or get drink...to which she responds in total obedience. Also secured in this facility is Ix. She is a goth wannabe, and doesn't speak. Eventually she softens up to Jim and the two kinda fall for each other. The real tragedy of this mini-apocalypse is that Jim went from a beautiful, adoring nurse, to a grouchy, unstable semi-nutcase. As the film enters it's final 35 minutes, some infected get into the warehouse setting up some spine tingling scenes and Jim will have to leave for a foraging expedition due to a medical emergency.
After several close calls, it appears that their stronghold is weakening. Will the military get to them in time? Will Ix' mood improve now that Montgomery County's most eligible bachelor has the hots for her? Does anyone remember Affirmed and Seattle Slew (the last two Triple Crown winners)? Kentucky is a beautiful state, and now they have their first zombie-apocalypse film. The Clay brothers do a fine job at creating suspense and horror in seemingly safe settings. The acting is good, and all the characters are likable and we are pulling for them through the entire film. This is neat movie with a surprise ending....at least in this genre....which I found refreshing. Kudos to the Clay brothers.