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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.

Movie Info

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 Filmsmore
Rating: R (for strong bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 2, 2011
Box Office: $18.5k


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 Cann...
Lou Sumrall
as Brotherhood Man
Vonia Arslanian
as Dark-Haired Bartende...
Phyllis Bash
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for Stake Land

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This is no gallows comedy, it's a survival drama in the mode of The Walking Dead. It has more in common with The Road or George Romero's late Dead films than most vampire films...

Full Review… | February 12, 2016

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Stake Land

four stars

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

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....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Stake Land Quotes

Martin: Almost is a big word.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Martin: Where'd all the hate come from?
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Mister: One day you'll learn not to dream at all.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Mister: I hate vamps.
– Submitted by Pete G (4 years ago)

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