Must Watch: Full Trailer for Jim Mickle's Vampire Movie 'Stake Land'

April 15, 2011

Stake Land Trailer

"Welcome to Stake Land, kid." IFC Midnight has finally unveiled the official trailer for Stake Land, the gory indie vampire horror movie I've been talking about since Toronto last year. Written and directed by American filmmaker Jim Mickle, Stake Land is about a kid (Connor Paolo) who, lost in the ravaged world that is Stake Land, joins up with a grizzled, wayward hunter named Mister (Nick Damici) who takes him on as his apprentice in killing vampires. Yep, it brings back angry, gory vampires, and it's fantastic movie, too. Can't suggest it enough, I hope this trailer gets your attention, it's one of my fave horror movies of the year.

Watch the official release trailer for Jim Mickle's Stake Land:

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Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation's abandoned towns and cities, and it's up to Mister, a death-dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to help get Martin safely north to the New Eden.

Stake Land is directed by American filmmaker Jim Mickle, with a script co-written by star Nick Damici and Mickle. The film won the Midnight Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival last year. IFC Films is bringing Stake Land to limited theaters on April 22nd this month. Here's my Toronto review. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 36 Comments


This looks BADASS! I didn't really like the music towards the end, may some melodic piano would have fit better, but the trailer makes this movie awesome.

DavidPD on Apr 16, 2011


ill see it. but most vampire movies piss me off.

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


Finally vampires the way their supposed to be.....evil bloodsucking bastards.....yay

The Arsonist on Apr 16, 2011


I'm with DoomCanoe.

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


piss of Xerxexx im sick of you

Everyone on Apr 16, 2011


wow. So you speak for everyone, Everyone? You can leave not one's forcing you to stay here...and no need to get angry. Also how is my agreeing with DoomCanoe enough to make you get all pissy?

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


You out of all people xerx should be able to spot a

Cody W. on Apr 17, 2011


I know, I slipped there...forgive me?

Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011


not bad it kinda makes me forget the bad rep that vampires have...kinda.

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


A slightly more serious zombieland except with vampires. OK Then.

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


Jim isn't canadian. He is from Pennsylvania.

RyanDP on Apr 16, 2011


This looks like what I Am Legend should have been.

JL on Apr 16, 2011


That was exactly what I was thinking.

Manuel on Apr 16, 2011


Nah they're totally different, this has a very big The Road feel to it, but there's lots of "towns" of people existing, these two are just trying to survive on their own. It's not so much I Am Legend as it is Walking Dead + Road + 30 Days of Night even... It's still good though!

Alex Billington on Apr 17, 2011


I also thought it looked a lot like The Road, which is one of my favorite books and I thought the movie was great. And I Am Legend is sort of a one man show, but what I meant was that when they made I Am Legend, they altered the story and the fiends to a great degree (especially the part that gives the title meaning) and it just didn't look like what I pictured. Also instead of using actors in makeup (with maybe some digital tweaks in post), they completely ruined the look with bad CGI. You ended up with almost brainless, purely instinctual, super-humans instead of vampires or what I pictured as I read the book; intelligent zombies.

JL on Apr 17, 2011


It has the aesthetic I expect from an IAL adaptation. Just imagine if John Hilcoat made an IAL movie.

JL on Apr 17, 2011


Cool indie horror. Looks promising.

SV7 on Apr 16, 2011


NICE 😉 I'm in!

Judasbarronx1 on Apr 16, 2011


Worth a look!

Silencio! on Apr 16, 2011


Saw it at the Toronto Festival - brilliant!

Paul Cyr on Apr 16, 2011


Eric sure has come a long way from the Upper East Side

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


Kinda Vampire-Zombie mash-up. Like it!

Manuel on Apr 16, 2011


Yeah, I'm on board. Besides, I can never get too much Danielle Harris.

DwainIBe on Apr 16, 2011


I'm not trying to pimp myself out here but if anyone is interested I interviewed Jim Mickle. Stake Land was amazing. I was lucky enough to see it at the NYC premiere. If you want to read it -

Brian Ricci on Apr 16, 2011


Nice. Take notes Twilight. Oh, that's right, those vampire films aren't supposed to be scary. on Apr 16, 2011


Looks good! I'm there.

ozzie on Apr 16, 2011


Was that Kelly McGillis in the trailer?

Modern American Man on Apr 16, 2011


Holy crap you're right... Gah!

mrtibbs on Apr 18, 2011


Viral video caught my attention. Trailer looks good, has The Road meets 30 Days of Night feel to it. Hopefully the story holds up.

Quazzimotto on Apr 16, 2011


Oh the story does hold up! For the most part... 😉

Alex Billington on Apr 17, 2011


Looks like I'll have to have a Stake Land On Demand party next weekend. Excellent site by the way

Quazzimotto on Apr 17, 2011


this is how a vampire movie, has to be done.

SS Demeter on Apr 17, 2011


see, this is what i mean. if this came out before twilight and all that crap, then this would set the tone of what a vampire flick should be.

rocKKicker on Apr 18, 2011


I like it. Danielle Harris got my attention...oh and the vampires too. Lol

GrandDoc23 on Apr 18, 2011


I really don't like those Twilight movies, is there a platform were I can vent on how bad and how much i hate those, this btw looks pretty good can't wait to see it

Fbehn4th on Apr 18, 2011


I watched the two shorts that were on iTunes and they were quite good. If the film is as good as that I will be pleased. This trailer looks okay. Somehow the acting looks like it could be a little weak.

Eric81375 on Apr 20, 2011

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