Stake Land review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Stake Land is an American indie-post apocalyptic-vampire-road movie. In America in what appears to be the present day vampires have risen and are attacking the human race, leaving them split and sparely spread. A teenage boy, Martin (Connor Paolo) is orphaned after a vampire attack kills his entire family, whilst he is rescued by a brave stranger who kills the vampires. The stranger, known only as Mister (Nick Damici) promises to take on Martin and keep him safe. The film proceeds to follow them as they cross from the Southern states ofAmerica, north towards “New Eden”, a safe part of the country seemingly untouched by vampires.
As they travel the men pick up a nun, a pregnant young woman and an ex marine, all of whom must fight to survive against the vampires they encounter on their journey. The pair also find themselves crossing paths with the Brotherhood, a violent and savage religious sect that believe the vampires were sent as a plague of punishment by God. The leader of the Brotherhood, Jebedia Loven also haunts the group on their passage across America.
Stake Land takes a really interesting twist on the normally zombie-esque post apocalypse movie, whilst much of the other traits of the genre are the same, the decision to use vampires rather than zombies or the *infected* of Brit movie 28 Days Later the film explores many of the tropes of it’s own, slightly different, genre whilst adding some interesting sub-plots and overtones along the way.
Visually the film bares the mark of its limited budget, the prosthetics for the vampires look quite over dramatic and the camera work is not perfect, yet this all adds to the films charm. It is a staple of the indie-horror diet with a distinctly classic and cult feel to it.