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Stake Land (2011)



Critic Consensus: Though the genre is well worn at this point, director Jim Mickle focuses on strong characterization and eerie atmosphere to craft an effective apocalyptic vampire chiller that also manages to pack a mean punch.

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America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin ("Gossip Girl's" Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (Nick Damici) whose new prey is the Undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord's work. Director Jim Mickle first grabbed the attention of horror film fans with his zombie-rat thriller Mulberry Street, in which Damici also starred and served as co-writer. They have teamed up again to deliver an even darker and bloodier shocker. Drawing on the post-apocalyptic frenzy described by Richard Matheson (author of the novel I Am Legend) and George Romero, STAKE LAND is a road movie with fangs and a phantasmagorical journey. Also starring horror movie icon Danielle Harris and produced by indie horror director Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER). -- (C) IFC Films

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Michael Cerveris
as Jebedia Loven
Greg Jones
as Martin's Father
Traci Hovel
as Martin's Mother
Tim House
as Sherriff
Stuart Rudin
as Pops the Barber
Larry Fessenden
as Roadhouse Bartender
Chance Kelly
as Officer Harley
Adam Folk
as Soldier Crier
Jean Brassard
as French Canadian Cannibal
Lou Sumrall
as Brotherhood Man
Vonia Arslanian
as Dark-Haired Bartender
Phyllis Bash
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for Stake Land

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25)

Mickle's observation of a devastated working-class America is so sharp that the horror elements, though effectively handled, come to feel like an afterthought.

September 12, 2011 | Full Review…

Like Romero, Mickle has a pragmatic attitude to genre convention: even the corniest stereotypes can be turned to new purposes.

June 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Somehow its posse of American travellers, attempting to reach the Eden of Canada while assailed by vampires, seems a little dull.

June 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

The postapocalyptic landscape has become so familiar of late (The Road, The Book of Eli) it puts pressure on low-budget indies like this to deliver something new.

June 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An angsty, bleak fantasy of America the lost.

June 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary.

June 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stake Land


"Stake Land" is "The Walking Dead", but with vampires. Unfortunately, that also means it's a bit slow at times. However, for a low budget film (which I assume this MUST be) in the action/horror genre, the film makers have done an exceptional job. "Stake Land" is exciting and thoughtful with reasonably solid character development. (Too bad they didn't spend a little of those creative juices on the title.)

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

four stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Starts brilliantly, but fails to live up to the scene it sets in the first 5 mins. More post apocalypse than vampire movie. Decent enough to be better than most of the crap out there.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

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