In Jim Mickle’s new film, Stake Land, a young boy is about to learn how cruel the world can become. Martin was a normal teenager before the country collapsed in an empty pit of disaster, and a vampire epidemic swept across the nation’s abandoned towns and cities. It’s up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin to safety. Armed with a trunk full of wooden stakes and a desperate will to stay alive, Mister and Martin make their way through locked down towns, recruiting fellow travelers along the way. A devout nun (Kelly McGillis as “Sister”) joins the small team of survivors. She faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit.
This is a vampire movie of which I am not a huge fan. This one actually has something going for it. The idea is that as we seen with all the post apocalyptic movies, that the world is taken over by vampires. The problem is, that once they bite you, you become a vampire too, and the government has gone to hell in a hand basket, so there’s nobody in charge. The usual stuff. There’s a young man who loses his family, because he’s out looking for the dog, and a mysterious stranger who is referred to only as Mister. They try and get to the New Eden, which turns out is Canada interestingly enough. He runs into an ex-Marine along the way, a pregnant woman and Kelly McGillis who we don’t see very often in movies. She plays a nun in this one. The movie is fairly violent and the zombies are quite convincing. But actually, this was the movie with a surprising amount of heart. Give it three and a half stars.