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Stake Land

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Montreal Premiere

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WINNER: Midnight Madness Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Boston Underground Film Festival 2011

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“Slick, scary, and occasionally poignant, deftly rising above the swarm of imitators” — Richard Larson, SLANT

“One of the most fiercely original (and thoroughly engrossing) horror films to come around in quite some time” — David Nusair, REEL FILM


Director: Jim Mickle
Screenplay: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Cast: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Michael Cerveris
Producers: Derek Curl, Adam Folk, Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Brent Kunkle
Print Source: Seville Pictures

Part of...

Visions of Vampirism   

Visions of Vampirism



America has fallen. A vampiric scourge sweeps the nation, turning brother on brother and parent on child as the blood-hungry beasts take deeper and deeper hold upon the land. It’s hard for the survivors to know whether to be more afraid of the beasts themselves or the ultraviolent, ultra-religious groups that have sprung up in response, but there is clearly only one of two choices. Fight or die.

Connor Paolo (GLEE) stars as Martin, a young man traveling with only his taciturn mentor — a hardened fighter known simply as Mister, played by co-writer Nick Damici — for protection as they roam this blasted Earth in search of the rumoured safe haven of New Eden.

Damici and STAKE LAND director Jim Mickle won a loyal cult following with their debut feature, MULBERRY STREET (Fantasia 2007), and they build exponentially on the promise of that film with STAKE LAND. It resolutely strips the romanticism out of the vampire mythos, instead treating its undead scourge as bloodthirsty brutes, as raw, animalistic hunters. And the surviving humans are scarcely any better. A road movie in the classic ’70s style, STAKE LAND embraces a less-is-more approach to its characters and scenario, with back stories and motivations only hinted at. It’s a smart approach, one that gives the set pieces added punch when they arrive, for brutality is never more shocking when it’s simply a matter-of-fact part of life. This is how things are now, and there is no escape.

Produced by Larry Fessenden, winner of the Midnight Madness Award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and hailed as “firing on all cylinders at the technical level” and “something familiar-yet-very-different that stretches what the genre is capable of” by renowned critic Grady Hendrix at TwitchFilm.com, STAKE LAND establishes director Jim Mickle as a leader in the new generation of horror. Do not miss this harrowing ride.

—Todd Brown

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