Stake Land

Above average vampire film
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What with Romero’s recent zombie outings proving underwhelming, countless number of low-budget failures, and various parodies of the genre, you would be correct to assume that the post-apocalyptic horror film had nowhere left to run. With Stake Land, our survivors are pitched against bloodthirsty vampires, with the focus being on protagonists, Mister, a vampire hunter, and Martin, a jaded teenager whose parents have recently been killed, who Mister takes under his wing.

Familiar plot devices are predictably in check (religious cult groups; moral dilemmas), and you will find considerably more depth and characterisation in The Road or The Walking Dead. But there are some clever touches that elevate this from being substandard fare. The narration adds atmosphere and emotional drive, with the solid performances suiting the solemn atmosphere throughout. Those looking for gore will no doubt appreciate the use of the malevolent vampires, which, in a clever spin, only threaten at night, thus allowing the humans slight hope of restoration throughout the day. The direction is tight, with a surprisingly effective mixture of the horror, western and road movie genres. Although it sometimes lacks the substance its own intentions clearly strive for, it still remains an above average effort in an over saturated market.

6/10

Words by LEE THRELKELD




STAKE LAND
DIRECTOR JIM MICKLE
RELEASED JUNE 17th
CERT 15

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