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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Critic Reviews for Stake Land
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.
Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary.
Jeff Grace's melancholy music underscores the atmosphere of bleak dystopian despair, leavened by flashes of humour and hope.
Shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again.
"Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
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.)
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.