Directed by Jim Mickle | USA | 2010 | 96min
Embedded in the onslaught of vampire movies that have engorged the media in the last few years, STAKE LAND manages to break out of the coffin completely, thanks in large part to the vision of its horror-oriented director, Jim Mickle. Coming off the successful heels of his vampire-centric festival darling, MULBERRY STREET, Mickle wades in the same blood-soaked waters, but this time in a depressed and embattled post-apocalyptic America. We follow the tag-team of Mister and Martin, two survivors of not only the vampire plague that wiped out massive numbers of the population, but also the religiously feverous Brotherhood who, upon siding with the vampires, were looking to rack up the death toll as well. Navigating the policed roads to the vampire-free territory of New Eden, Mister and Martin round up assets to their small army—a nun they affectionately call “Sister,” a pregnant teenage girl, and a former Marine. As individuals, they would surely fall, but as a unit, they represent hope, however small it may be, to perpetuate the human race. - Julia Speace
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