Scary Movie Reviews S
:: Stake Land :: 2010 :: Jim Mickle ::
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.
:: Stake Land 2: Stakelander :: 2016 :: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen ::
There are a lot of homages to the first movie in this film, which I really liked. It was lovingly made to reflect the first. The actors are largely the same - even the shopkeeper, eating the gum! The guy protecting the town from the train, he’s wearing the same jacket! - and this film does a lot to expand on the first. It changes some of the rules - they’re coming out earlier and earlier, gettin’ desperate! - but I found that ultimately, it’s more of the same. More the-disgustingness-of-humanity-and-what-folks-are-willing-to-do-to-each-other, even less vampires-are-attacking-everyone. At least this movie is letting itself have more fun. The first really wanted to be taken more seriously. It was a lot stupider than the first for that reason, but what can you do. It was kind of a fun watch. Good production at least, which can make almost any movie watchable!
P.S. What’s with the feral woman? She’s like 30. Why is she acting like that? She’s obviously old enough to have been born way before the apocalypse.
P.P.S. As is sometimes the case, Larry Fessenden’s hair is the unsung hero of this film.