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2010 3.0/5 IMDb 6.5/10 (34k) R SuperHD 98 minutes

Vampire hunter Mister trains young Martin to survive the nightmare that America has become as they journey to the safety of New Eden.

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Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Michael Cerveris, Sean Nelson, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Bonnie Dennison, Chance Kelly, Adam Scarimbolo, Marianne Hagan Directed by Jim Mickle

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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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.

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2011-09-12


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

Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe, 2011-06-16


Jeff Grace's melancholy music underscores the atmosphere of bleak dystopian despair, leavened by flashes of humour and hope.

Nigel Floyd, Time Out, 2011-06-15


Shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again.

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2011-04-28


"Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-04-28


Mickle has talent, and the end credits include a character known as "French Canadian Cannibal," which is worth a half-star right there.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2011-04-28


Director Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the film with his star Nick Damici, has crafted a good-looking, well-played and atmospheric apocalyptic vision.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-04-28


Though it has plenty of shocks, the film creates a wasteland that would be compellingly deranged even without vampires pressing insistently at every border. Horror is just the half of it.

Scott Tobias, NPR, 2011-04-22


Ryan Samul's cinematography and Jeff Grace's score pick up the slack, smoothly maintaining an unstable atmosphere of lurking horror.

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2011-04-21


There isn't much dialogue, and most of the 98-minute running time is devoted to locking in one terrifyingly gothic encounter after another, but the characters are well defined, and director Mickle makes every dime of his micro-budget count.

Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2011-04-20


It's an ambitious hybrid, grafting the ethereal, landscape-driven, light-infused beauty and naif narration associated with Terrence Malick onto a tale in which struggle against supernatural forces is just one challenge of coming of age.

Karina Longworth, Village Voice, 2011-04-19


A gritty, low-key hybrid of horror film and road movie that aptly demonstrates the stylistic flexibility of this undying genre.

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, 2011-04-18


Fans of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" will find much to enjoy in this sombre and nerve-wracking postapocalyptic horror film, directed and co-written by Jim Mickle.

Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 2011-04-18


A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller.

Alissa Simon, Variety, 2010-09-19


Some numbers are too large to contemplate. How many drops of water are there in the ocean? How many grains of sand are there in the desert? How many more apocalyptic zombie movies must I sit through?

Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2011-04-22


The whole movie aches from tired blood.

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, 2011-04-20