31 Days of Halloween: Movie Review of Stake Land

You know, I wanted to like Stake Land. It’s the first movie I’ve seen in a while that takes the vampire genre in a new direction. But there’s too much going on in Stake Land to fit in a two hour running time. (And what a stupid name, right?) Stake Land would make a tremendous series, but it doesn’t quite work as a movie.

Stake Land follows a vampire hunter known only as Mister as he and his apprentice, Martin, travel north across an American continent devastated by the vampire plague. And these vampires don’t sparkle. They have more in kind with zombies, fast ones that can think. But like the best post-apocalyptic stories, the real monsters are the humans that are left behind. That’s where The Brotherhood comes in, a group of fanatics who have a Biblical take on the whole living dead thing.

Stake Land is not a bad movie. Not at all. It’s not boring, and if you take the time to watch it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. l just wish I had a little bit more time with the world it creates.

3.5 Stars

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