Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stake Land (2010)

"The most dangerous thing is to be alive"
Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity.
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In this decidedly dark and somber tale, the United States and most of the world has been destroyed and ravaged by a vampire epidemic. Government and society have collapsed. In this post apocalyptic anarchic world, a group of survivors must fight not only the undead hoards who would feed on their blood, but also religious cults and militia organizations who are often more dangerous than the monsters themselves.

Narrated by and told from the point of view of teenager Martin (Connor Paolo), who was rescued by and then joins the mysterious vampire killer Mister (Rick Damici) on his travels as they make their way north to get to Canada, which is North America’s so-called “New Eden.”

Along the way they befriend other survivors including pregnant teen Belle (genre favorite Danielle Harris) and rescue a nun (Kelly McGillis) who was about to be murdered by cannibals. They constantly fight to survive and try to hold on to the one thing that keeps them all going - hope. The hope of a better tomorrow and a new start.

The film is a blend of other genre films including The Road, Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and The Last Man on Earth – but make no mistake about my Zombieland reference - there is absolutely no humor or fun to be found in this movie.

The characters inhabit a brutal, bleak, suffocating horror filled world where unfortunately little hope exists. The look of the film is washed out and depressing and reinforces the viewer’s perception that this truly is the end of civilization as we knew it. The creepy musical score serves the story well and enhances the bleak tone of the film. The vampires themselves are vile disgusting creatures and are a disturbing blend of blood sucker and living dead zombies. They are violent and frightening ferocious, almost feral beasts.

This is a well written, deftly directed film with compelling performances that returns the vampire to its rightful position in cinema - a brutal frightening creature of the night, with nary a sparkle to be found.

1 comment:

  1. This movie sounds wicked cool, JT! I don't know how this blood sucker slipped past my vampire radar, but I'll be peepin' it soonest!