STAKE LANDUnited States-2010


Nick Damici as Mister

Nick Damici as Mister

Connor Paolo as Martin

Connor Paolo as Martin

Michael Cerveris as Jebedia Loven

Michael Cerveris as Jebedia Loven

Sean Nelson as Willie

Sean Nelson as Willie

Kelly McGillis as Sister

Kelly McGillis as Sister

Directed by Jim Mickle

Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle

In the land of the undead and the home of their prey…

It’s a vampire pandemic and Martin (Connor Paolo, Mystic RiverWorld Trade Center and third runner-up in the Rider Strong look-alike contest) travels with Mister (Nick Damici, Mulberry StreetPremium Rush) across America killing vampires and picking up survivors in the form of Sister (Kelly McGillis, The InnkeepersTop Gun), a nun; Belle (Danielle Harris, Hatchet II and Hatchet III), who is pregnant; and Willie (Sean Nelson, FreshThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) as they travel north to New Eden and the chance of a better way of life. But Mister and company soon learn that humans are way more dangerous than vampires when they encounter the fundamentalist Brotherhood and its charismatic leader Jebedia Loven (Michael Cerveris, The Mexicanand Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant).

This merry band that wanders the landscape of the vampire apocalypse…

Connor Paolo is good as Martin in that he acts like a teenage boy would act in certain, and uncertain, predicaments. I found Nick Damici’s Mister to be a bit too one-dimensional for my taste; but then again there’s only so much that you can do with a grunting and angry hard-nose. Kelly McGillis is reliable as Sister and it would appear that she’s making a name for herself in the world of B-movie horror films. As for Danielle Harris there are not enough good things that I can say about her. She has the ability to take the smallest part and make it seem like it’s the most important character in the film. If the A-listers in Hollywood would take notice of this young woman’s talent, charisma and beauty there could be no end to what she could accomplish.

A new Eden or the same old Hell…

I’m divided straight down the middle about Stake Land. There’s a good story and decent acting; but it just doesn’t thrill me like I hoped that it would. After the last vampire film I reviewed, Twilight, I was in desperate need of a boost of the old vampire juice. Stake Land pushes and pushes and it almost makes it; but not quite.


The football helmet that Martin puts on at the beginning is a Daniel Boone football helmet – a reference to director Jim Mickle’s high school.

Actor Nick Damici carved the long bow used in the film from oak, in his kitchen.

At 1:13′:27″ Martin is on a bus looking at a newspaper. The main article is about martial law declared in the US. The photo for that article is actually a photo from the G8 summit riots, July 20-22 2001, Genova, Italy.


4 thoughts on “STAKE LAND

  1. I like your take on the film better than mine. Which I unpublished a while ago, for some reason I can’t remember. I made it public again if you’re interested. Maybe we’re on the same page. Maybe not.
    I liked the film, but reading your review sort of changes my mind. I gave it a recommend.

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