Stake Land

:: Stake Land :: 2010 :: 
:: Jim Mickle ::

Acting: 5
Anxiety: 4
Atmosphere: 6
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 6
Production: 7
Recommended: 5
Scares: 4
Story: 4
Unpredictable: 5

Total: 56

This movie thinks it’s a lot better than it is. There’s a lot it could have done to help itself. It was really close to being a good movie, but instead felt like kind of a limp, condensed summary of The Walking Dead. Vampires (monsters, mind you, not swaggering socialites), survivors, religious fanatics, cannibals, love stories. And in the middle of it all…overwrought narration? I also just…I don’t know, I love monster movies. When stories get too involved in interpersonal relationships, and how “humanity is the real monster!” I begin to lose some interest. I wanna see people fight monsters. Look, maybe I’m being way too harsh. There are a lot of really shitty horror movies out there, and this isn’t one of them. It has a great atmosphere, follows a good path, and tells a decent story. I guess when something seems as polished as this does, I can’t help but feel more critical of it. The vampires look good! Recommend. Do beware, though, the movie can’t help itself but show some gross and gory scenes.

Joseph Carlough