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Stake Land (2011)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 15

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.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2

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



Aug 2, 2011


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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (15) | DVD (5)

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

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Jeff Grace's melancholy music underscores the atmosphere of bleak dystopian despair, leavened by flashes of humour and hope.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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"Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Mickle has talent, and the end credits include a character known as "French Canadian Cannibal," which is worth a half-star right there.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Stake Land is intelligently rendered horror. It's a cut above more recent efforts, being an accomplished and thoughtful piece of work and an overall, enjoyable watch.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Stake Land has strong characters, a lucid script, plenty of action, and something more substantial to make it better-than-average.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

May be the best blunt-force-trauma, tear-your-throat-out vicious vampire film since Near Dark.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

it's as dark as Harry Potter 19 might have been, and keener on exploring deeper themes than having an all-slaying, all-spurting, all-squirting orgy of fangbanging fun.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

More admirable than fulfilling, expelling more effort with atmosphere than story, wasting time with stares when legitimate tension is desperately needed.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

What sets this movie apart, however, is the appearance of a bizarre religious cult that could be more dangerous than the monsters. If only it had gone farther...

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There's a scruffy immediacy to the direction... but also a grace to the imagery and a commitment to the performances.

August 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

The Road on supernatural steroids, the New York Times called it, and that's a pretty good short handle for it.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Although admirable for a low budget horror thriller, this is let down by inept storytelling.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comments (2)
FILMINK (Australia)

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

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

In Stake Land, the latest post-apocalyptic vision to hit cinemas, it is not vampire or cannibals you have to watch out for, but those nutters in the Christian right and all of the offensive caricature that comes with them.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Like the film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, it has quasi-religious overtones and one very good scene...

June 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A super- low-budget-yet-visually-evocative genre movie done with almost utter earnestness.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

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 Full Review Source: Independent

Jim Mickle is a fine genre filmmaker and Stake Land is a satisfying entrant in the 'post-modern vampire film' subset; if a little undernourished, it's still enough to whet fan appetite for his next project.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

An angsty, bleak fantasy of America the lost.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Even when it's only got its vampire wings on, this film has a lot more bite than the Twilight series.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Stake Land

four stars
February 17, 2014
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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.
June 2, 2013

Super Reviewer

A very brutal, dark, depressing movie with a great cast...more of a drama with plenty of scares, and gore, thrown in. I expected this to be cheesy, low budget zombie/vampire apocalyptic film. Instead, it turned out to be a well acted, tightly written film. This movie isn't for someone looking for cheap horror thrills. This one definitely has a deeper, slower moving vibe....
August 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

A vampire film that looks and feels like a zombie film. Interesting.

Wish they hadn't done what they did to one of the characters, and for that I'm going to have to reduce half a star.
August 9, 2012

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    1. Martin: Almost is a big word.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Martin: Where'd all the hate come from?
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Mister: One day you'll learn not to dream at all.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Mister: I hate vamps.
    – Submitted by Pete G (2 years ago)
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