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STAKE LAND

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Fri, Apr 22

   11:30 / Kabuki
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Mon, Apr 25

   9:45 / Kabuki
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The Late Show
USA, 2010, 96 min

CREDITS

dir
Jim Mickle
prod
Derek Curl, Larry Fessenden, Adam Folk, Brent Kunkle, Peter Phok
scr
Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
cam
Ryan Samul
editor
Jim Mickle
mus
Jeff Grace
cast
Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Michael Cerveris, Danielle Harris
source
IFC, 11 Penn Plaza, 18th Floor, New York NY 10001. FAX: 646-273-7250. EMAIL: dgoldberg@ifcfilms.com. WEB: scareflix.net/stakesite.html.
web
http://www.stakelandthefilm.com


Martin and Mister are two of the few remaining survivors of a global apocalypse caused by rampaging (and ravenous) vampire zombies, the toughest of which can be killed only by a stake through the base of the skull. Martin (Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo) is a somewhat naïve teenager who watched his family get wiped out by the beasts, while Mister (cowriter Nick Damici) is a grizzled loner and vamp-killing expert with a car pimped out like the Road Warrior’s. Headed north to New Eden, the rumored encampment of remaining humans, the pair runs afoul of a marauding band of religious zealots called the Brethren, led by a nasty piece of work named Jebediah (an exceedingly creepy Michael Cerveris). As the two dodge crazed cultists and vicious vampires, they also come across small outposts of humanity, including a few folks (Top Gun’s Kelly McGillis among them) who want to join their caravan to the possibly apocryphal New Eden. Though firmly in the vein of take-no-prisoners horror classics, Stake Land also offers a visually gritty dystopian tale in which human beings are worse than the monsters running amok. With nary a moment wasted, this is lean, mean filmmaking with a powerful bite.

—Rod Armstrong



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