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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as Martin's Father
as Martin's Mother
as Pops the Barber
as Roadhouse Bartender
as Officer Harley
as Soldier Crier
as French Canadian Cannibal
as Brotherhood Man
as Dark-Haired Bartender
as Old Woman
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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.
Like Romero, Mickle has a pragmatic attitude to genre convention: even the corniest stereotypes can be turned to new purposes.
Somehow its posse of American travellers, attempting to reach the Eden of Canada while assailed by vampires, seems a little dull.
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.
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.
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