!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
Loner Mister(Nick Damici) and his young charge Martin(Connor Paolo) travel across America, trying to reach the mythical New Eden. All that stands in their way are hordes of vampires and dangerous fundamentalists. Along the way, they pick up an odd collection of survivors. What this disparite group soon realise is sometimes you should be just as wary of the living as the dead....
Stake Land has done quite a remarkable thing. In the current age of vampires becoming teenage heart throbs, such as those in the anodyne Twilight franchise, or leather clad masurbatory fantasies in the Underworld series, Stake Land makes vampires scary again. Okay, these aren't the aristocratic, well spoken vampires of past mythology, drinking the blood of the poor in opulent castles, but the vampires in Stake Land are a dangerous proposition.
Stake Land is a multitude of things. It is a road movie, a post apocolyptic night5mare, a coming of age story and an odd couple film. Above all, it is a quite brilliant horror film, building on all the promise of Mulberry Street to create a little masterpiece.
Central to this films success is the central relationship between Mister and Martin. Having rescued Martin from a vampire who slaughters the rest of the young mans' family, Mister's motivations or background are never explored in great detail. This does not matter. They have an unspoken understanding of what needs to be done in order to survive in this terrible new world. Nick Damici is excellent as Mister, but the performances are uniformally good, probably the best turn coming from Kelly McGillis, quite wonderful as a nun that the duo rescue.
Stake Land is a great horror film. Please ignore the negative reviews, as this film is quite extraordinary, and is quite clearly the work of an extremely talented bunch of people. Please buy it, and find out for yourselves. Highly recommended. 5 out of 5.