Directed by Jim Mickle
Screenplay by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle
Horror films, despite their divisiveness, are uncannily successful as time capsules. Stake Land, despite its many flaws, quite exhaustively captures the zeitgeist of 2010 America. Director Jim Mickle’s second feature is a vampire-apocalypse-road-movie featuring a dumb, animalistic class of vampires–that is to say zombies with more rules and more christian iconography. The film features a hard-assed father/Moses figure (Nick Damici), a rosy cheeked young lad learning the vamp-killing ropes (Connor Paolo), a nun (Kelly McGillis), and a young pregnant lady (Danielle Harris) among others, and all are making their desperate way up to New Eden (read: Canada). Along the way they encounter vampires aplenty, but, and believe you me, the real horror may just lie in the unturned human population.
Stake Land isn’t a bad film–it’s absorbing, and sort of moving, and quite scary–but it embraces the Apocalypse
– Emmet Duff