A good portrayal of how humans might behave and interact if caught in a apocalyptic-like scenario. A decent story of friendship, trust, compassion, etc., Quite violent, gritty and dark, and don't expect your typical vampires.
STAKE LAND is Jim Mickle's defining moment as a director, setting his career on an exciting path that will have genre fans frothing at the mouth. This post-apocalyptic vampire tale is an understated but brilliantly effective take on something that's been done countless times, giving the film a fresh perspective. The special effects and score are top notch and the cinematography is uncommonly accomplished for horror.
Really enjoyed this. Like a cross between the apocalyptic vision of the world in The Road and the goofiness of From Dusk Til Dawn. The whole mentorship angle also felt fresh for the genre. All in all, Jim Mickle continues to produce great genre work that bends and warps expectations to create something truly enjoyable.
This ramshackle, sometimes goofy film about an ad hoc family of awkward mumblers and the twin poles of their opposition -- lumpen zombie-vampires and the neo-Nazi millennials who deploy them to clear out and seize control of territory in advance of Christ's Second Coming -- has no pretensions to novelty. What it offers instead is an awkward, ramshackle entertainment about coming of age and the loneliness of exile.
Absolutely terrible B-movie from start to finish. I could go on all day about the stupid shit that goes on in this thing. The one black character not only is one of the first of the crew to die, as was usual maybe in 80's genre flicks, but after the vampires suck his blood THEY LYNCH FROM A TREE.