Release: April 22, 2011 (though it was released last year on the film festival circuit)
Starring: Connor Paolo (Alexander, Gossip Girl), Danielle Harris (Hatchet II, Halloween I & II), Michael Cerveris (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant), Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) and Nick Damici (In The Cut)
Director: Jim Mickle
Writers: Jim Mickle & Nick Damici
Plot: America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead.
Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way, they recruit fellow travelers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts.
Thoughts: Stake Land looks like it takes the best of zombies and melds them with vampires. These are not your suave, sexy vamps. They’re gross and mean as shit. And that makes me happy. Hopefully they won’t rely too heavily on the zombie influence to create their monsters. They will need, at the very least, just a bit of higher brain function to keep them out of that realm. The story doesn’t seem overly inspired, but it does promise monsters and gore.