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America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin ("Gossip Girl's" Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (Nick Damici) whose new prey is the Undead.

Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mickle's observation of a devastated working-class America is so sharp that the horror elements, though effectively handled, come to feel like an afterthought."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Stake Land is intelligently rendered horror. It's a cut above more recent efforts, being an accomplished and thoughtful piece of work and an overall, enjoyable watch."
‑ Alan Diment, We Got This Covered
"it's as dark as Harry Potter 19 might have been, and keener on exploring deeper themes than having an all-slaying, all-spurting, all-squirting orgy of fangbanging fun."
‑ Russell Lewin, SFX Magazine
"There's a scruffy immediacy to the direction... but also a grace to the imagery and a commitment to the performances."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary."
‑ Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
""Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Stake Land has strong characters, a lucid script, plenty of action, and something more substantial to make it better-than-average."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"More admirable than fulfilling, expelling more effort with atmosphere than story, wasting time with stares when legitimate tension is desperately needed."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The Road on supernatural steroids, the New York Times called it, and that's a pretty good short handle for it."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Jeff Grace's melancholy music underscores the atmosphere of bleak dystopian despair, leavened by flashes of humour and hope."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Mickle has talent, and the end credits include a character known as "French Canadian Cannibal," which is worth a half-star right there."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"May be the best blunt-force-trauma, tear-your-throat-out vicious vampire film since Near Dark."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"What sets this movie apart, however, is the appearance of a bizarre religious cult that could be more dangerous than the monsters. If only it had gone farther..."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Although admirable for a low budget horror thriller, this is let down by inept storytelling."
‑ Andrew Moraitis, FILMINK (Australia)
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