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Stake Land

This genre-bending thriller combines vampires, religious fanatics and post-apocalyptic horrors with a coming-of-age tale that finds drifter Mister (Nick Damici) training young Martin (Connor Paolo) to survive the nightmare that has become America as they journey to New Eden. While they combat the mutated bloodsuckers and vicious humans seeking to rule the land, Mister and Martin rescue other wanderers and become a tightly knit family of warriors.
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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  full review
 
Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary.
Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe  full review
 
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  full review
 
"Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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.
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller.
Alissa Simon, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Available From: Dec 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 1464 people
Directed By
Jim Mickle
Cast
Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Connor Paolo, Michael Cerveris, Bonnie Dennison, Chance Kelly, Sean Nelson, Nick Damici, Adam Scarimbolo, Marianne Hagan
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