I am a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre. In recent years we have seen cannibalism, zombies and vampires mixed in the storyline. Worthy to note, 'The Road', 'The Book of Eli', 'I am Legend', 'Zombieland'.My personal opinion is, I am very impressed with Stake Land, in terms of being a very well made film. You simply have to admire the cinematography lighting and shooting style was responsible for the realism factor , storyline character development was top notch , production realistic locations and sets , directing credit to the director & his team and <more>
acting thumbs up . I can declare this is one of the best post-apocalyptic movie of the decade.
One of the best films of 2010 of any sort (by dbborroughs)
Radical rethinking of the vampire genre and the zombie genre too hearkens back to the early zombie films of George Romero. This is a film that rocks your world not because of the violence and gore but because it is a film of characters.The film concerns a teenager who hooks up with a man called Mister after is parents are killed by vampires. The vampires, more like zombies, have run rampant over the world leaving only pockets of humanity, some still like us others are in a nasty cult that sees the vampires as God's angels. The film follows our two characters as they try to find a <more>
legendary town where they will be safe even though they've been told there is nothing there .A masterpiece pure and simple. As I've said at every opportunity this film blew me away and then some. Its not because of what it shows with the violence rather its because the characters and situations are so well drawn that they have few equal in any film of any sort. You care about everyone except the bad guys and you feel bad when anything bad happens.In all honesty I could waste my time and tell you everything about this film and its plot but that would be pointless you need to see and experience this film for yourself. Its that thing which I despise- an instant classic.See this film.
Surprisingly very good, atmospheric apocalyptic vision (by 851222)
Greetings from Lithuania.What a great movie that was. This is definitely the best horror movie i saw in 2011. The plot is simple. If you saw "The Road", you'll know what to expect except for vamps: . The beginning somehow reminded me "Zombieland" but that one was forgotten after a few minutes. The acting is really good, especially from Nick Damici. Make up effects are really cool. Director and co-writer Jim Mickle did a really great job in creating a bleak, hopeless and relentless world.I was hooked from beginning to the end. This is a very highly satisfying movie.
Brilliant post-apocalyptic story (by abellware)
Jim Mickle has crafted a complete world of bad guys, vampires, and enough evil people to make the entire paranoid world. This is one of the most complete-feeling pictures I've seen in a long time. The characters really feel like they're in this alternate universe of Mad Max meets I Am Legend.Also, you will learn many important tips for surviving the coming zombie/alien/vampire apocalypse. Cyclone fencing and chicken wire over your car's windows when you sleep at night. And garlic oil on your stake doesn't hurt.There are some beautiful images in this movie too, with wonderful <more>
performances throughout. Now get out of my way, I gotta go kill some vampires...
A good vamp/survival Movie (by crazycow-843-404456)
After reading some of these reviews, i thought they were a bit harsh. But with that said, i respect there opinions about this movie.I enjoyed this movie, from start to finish i was well entertain, sure it's gloomy, the story is simple, the action was good, and so was the script, there might not have been many words spoken in the movie, but it fits in well to make you feel like immerse in there gloomy Vamp filled world.Everyone in the movie acted well yes, there is no big name actors, and i'm happy about that. You don't need big name actors to make a good movie.Not sure what other <more>
people expected from Stake Land, but i got what i expected, survivors trying to survive, not just trying to survive against vamps, but also against human desperation and cruelness.Decent acting, decent script, great movie, 9 out of 10
Watched this film last night and was amazed at the level of suspense kept throughout the picture. From the opening scene to the final credits it manages to keep you on edge, mostly with clever use of flicking backwards and forwards between day and night so regularly. The whole post apocalyptic world portrayed is fantastically grey and creepy and the addition of a religious fundamelist outfit takes the film to another level. The acting is solid and all of the main characters hold their own independently. Nick Damici should be proud of his writing and acting in this and also newcomer director <more>
Jim Mickle will be one to watch out for in the future. All in all if you like vamp films then this is an interesting twist on the genre, definitely a must see !
I saw this movie because I love post-apocalyptic movies. The idea of a world with less human beings meddling with it always looks enticing. Its the same reason why we take vacations in remote locations.First thing you will notice about Stake Land is it looks great. I am not much familiar with the cast except Connor Paolo. The actors act naturally which looks great in a film such as this. The plot is simple. It is a story of survivors of a vampire epidemic. But its the execution of the plot which is why this movie is so good. The director knows what he can and cant do. 10 out of 10 for the <more>
director's efforts.Lastly, I wont say its a different movie than the rest of vampire movies coming out these days. But Stake Land should be watched because it has the ability to suck you in its environment within the first 10 minutes. And trust me it never lets it go.
I checked out the IMDb rating for this before deciding to watch it at the cinema and decided it was worth a trip at 6.8, horror flicks rarely creep above 8 as they are generally poorly acted with little or no depth to the story. Not many scary films keep you gripped but this one hit the spot for me. The acting was generally very good, the sets first class and the story went at a nice steady pace with just the right amount of horror thrown in to keep you on your toes. If you enjoyed The Road you will love this as it makes you think, you find yourself putting yourself in the characters shoes <more>
and there are lots of subtle things in the movie where actions not words set the scene. If you are looking for a mindless blood fest or sexy vampires then give this a miss, if however you are looking for a horror film with an actual story and some decent acting then sit back and enjoy.
Best vampire film I've seen in the last couple of years. (by mdnobles19)
By far the best horror film I've seen this year and probably going to be the contender for best horror film of 2011 just about beating Black Death. The film is full of dread, macabre, terror, pain and sadness but also filled with hope. The acting is surprisingly good for a independent, low-budget vampire/apocalypse flick with Nick Damici and Connor Paolo being the standout and to me breakthrough performances as vampire hunters on a journey to salvation. The atmosphere,vampires and unbalanced human beings doing evil deeds against one another sends chills down my spine and is terrifying and <more>
raw that makes this movie stand above the rest of its kind and raises the bar for vampire/apocalypse movies, it packs a bleak punch. The movie kind of though goes through similar territory from movies like The Road, Carriers, Daybreakers, Zombieland without the comedy aspect and a dose of Black Death but it still manages to stand on its own and it's very novel in its own right. The movie is pretty brutal throughout and doesn't hold back and is definitely not for the faint of heart or the easily offended and that's what I like about this movie because it's very bold and brave and is balls to the wall type of attitude that's rare and usually can't be found in most wide released, mainstream horror flicks and it's like a present to fans who like their vampire movies hard and mean and are sick of movies like Twilight who are giving them a bad name, so thanks for this movie it's a gem! Overall I was impressed and a movie like this deserves all the fans it can get and deserves a wide release and not shocking it doesn't because Hollywood is too dense to see a great movie even if it slaps it in the face! The ending left it open for a sequel so I really hope we get to see the light of day of Stake Land 2, bring it on geniuses. Highly recommended! 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.