Stake Land 2011

Stake Land

Critics 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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After a plague turns America into a realm of vampires, a hunter (Nick Damici) of the depraved creatures travels cross-country with an orphan (Connor Paolo) he rescued, searching for a safe haven.

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Critic Reviews for Stake Land

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (17)

  • 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…
  • 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

  • Jun 12, 2017
    "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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Normally when low-budget horror takes itself seriously, it is to the detriment of the film, but Stake Land proves that the right script and some flair, it can definitely be made to work in your favour.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    There's been countless apocalyptic films over the years, Mostly from zombies or a virus not so much vampires for some reason, This film has a Walking Dead vibe to it, It focuses more on surviving than actual vampire attacks, There was a few good action scenes but nothing great, The cast was good but something was missing that could of made this film better, Maybe lack of fresh ideas spoiled it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2014
    Stake Land features a zombie-like vampire apocalypse. The mysterious plague turned people into zombie-like vampires, young boy Martin rescued by a stranger known as Mister traveled together to find a safe haven, but vampires are not the only threatening the humanity. The cast is fantastic, you have Connor Paolo and Danielle Harris playing the leading roles. The fighting scenes were realistic, unlike most other films of the same genre, you see real focus on survival and building characters. Stake Land is also somewhat libertarian too with it's anti governmental message. But all and all, it felt short at the end with the uneven script.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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