STAKE LANDSleep when they’re dead.
Studio: IFC Midnight / Dark Sky Films.
Directed by Jim Mickle.
Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle.
Produced by Larry Fessenden, Brent Kunkle, Adam Folk, and Peter Phok.
Starring Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Michael Cerveris, Sean Nelson, Kelly McGillis, and Danielle Harris.
Eric Stanze directed 2nd Unit on this film.
Released in 2011.
Midnight Madness Award
Toronto International Film Festival
The America of STAKE LAND 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 is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter whose new prey are 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 bloodsuckers that cross their path.
Along the way they recruit fellow travelers, including a nun who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.