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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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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 75%
Critics' score: 75   Audience score: 60   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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

Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe

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

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

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? full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

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

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

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. full review

Karina Longworth, Village Voice

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

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

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. full review

Bruce Diones, New Yorker

A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller. full review

Alissa Simon, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Available From: Dec 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 1360 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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