Reviewed byGL84Vote: 6/10/10
Traveling away from the fortified city, a man wanders into the previoussaviour of their society who's now living in a vast, vampire-filledwilderness and tries to help him sort through his troubled past to helprestore the peaceful society they remembered.
This here was quite the disappointing and really underwhelming effort.Most of the film's problems are due to the fact that this one justdoesn't have much of anything happening here, unlike the original whichhad a lot of enjoyable action scenes throughout. Instead, here the filmis far more pressed for lame melodrama about the fight for survival inthe wilderness and his search for his mentor that it takes plenty oftime to actually get any kind of action featured within this one as weget scenes of him wandering around the wilderness meeting the lonerfamily, finding him in the underground fighting club and the reallyendless scenes of the two of them hiking around with the captive womanthat it really does feel like seemingly endless scenes that aren't inthe slightest bit interesting and just really drag this one out.Likewise, once they get into the new compound the scenes of themmeeting up with the locals living there and interacting with them asthey get integrated into their lifestyle also makes this one quiteoverly bland and rather dull during here. That also produces theunwanted effect of keeping the vampires off-screen except for a fewbrief encounters throughout here which is the film's only good scenesbut it really draws out how few scenes they're involved in when it'sentirely possible to see how little scenes they're shown and comes offas furthering how flawed this is. It does come close to featuring somerather enjoyable moments here which is mostly centered on the vampiresattacking as there's some rather fun, bloody sequences here that arepart of the big encounters on display which includes the firstencounter at the farmhouse which is really thrilling and gets in somedecent brawling while the other encounters out in the wilderness comesacross as rather bloody and exciting. There's still the finale of thisone which is where there's plenty of rather fun and enjoyable actionhere which really works so well in generating the required action thatcarries this one off quite nicely with plenty of gunfire, explosionsand brawling that takes place throughout the compound it really makesfor quite the effective and rousing series of scenes that reallymanages to get the proper excitement and bloodshed required to end on ahigh-note. Still, it's flaws here really hold this one back.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and Language.
Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 6/10/10
When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood andits new Vamp leader, Martin (Connor Paolo) finds himself alone in thebadlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor andlegendary vampire hunter, Mister (Nick Damici), to guide him.
This sequel was written by Nick Damici without the input of Jim Mickle,who co-wrote the first film. Mickle was tied up in other projects, butDamici wanted to return to Stake Land whether through film, TV or a webseries, and producer Larry Fessenden agreed. Many directors wereinterviewed looking for a Mickle replacement. Ultimately, Fessenden(through Chadd Harbold) went with "extended family" members, Dan Berkand Bobby Olsen. Though they may not be big names, the successfulexecution of this film speaks for itself.
The film begins with a minor flashback to catch us up to speed. Withoutusing footage from the original, we get a quick sense of the charactersand where we are now. It is quite effective, and simple enough thatsomeone who skipped the first film could watch this one without muchdifficulty. (Why they would do that, I have no idea.) For the firsthalf of the film, there are plenty of shots showing the desolatewasteland (of Canada!), really driven by the score due to the lack ofdialogue. How much this was taken from the script, I do not know, butit plays very well and credit must be given to composer Redding Hunter.
Damici's script is somewhat philosophical. We have the importance ofhope to keep on moving forward in the bleakest of times (which couldeasily be seen as a metaphor). His own character, Mister, has a greatrole, very sage. He even paraphrases Confucius: "Before you embark on ajourney of revenge, dig two graves." Our hero is the same as the firstfilm, but a little bit older and wiser, and we also have new charactersplayed by veteran actors Steven Williams and A.C. Peterson. Williams isespecially enjoyable, and when you look up the mile-long credits thesetwo guys have, you wonder why they're not bigger names.
Damici's script brings a western sensibility to the post-apocalypticgenre. (Western in the sense of cowboys, that is.) I am not sure howmuch the original was intended to be seen as a western, but this sequelreally captures the feel -- wastelands replacing deserts, and survivorsreplacing lone gunslingers wandering through treacherous new towns.
The DVD / Blu-ray looks and sounds great. The special features aresomewhat lacking. Perhaps I am spoiled, but I have come to expect audiocommentary as standard, and no one has offered that here. However,there is a roughly 30-minute "making of" video that covers just aboutanything that the average person would want to know, so at least wehave the next best thing. Fans f the original should not miss thesequel, as there is plenty to like here and certainly a world worthreturning to a third time if those involved were so inclined.
Reviewed byClaudio CarvalhoVote: 6/10/10
In New Eden, Martin (Connor Paolo) unsuccessfully tries to protect hiswife and daughter from an attack of vampires led by a blonde vampire.He returns to North America to seek out the vampire hunter Mister (NickDamici) to help him to destroy the vampire leader. Along his journey,he stumbles upon dangerous survivors and the notorious brotherhood; buthe also finds a new community with good people that welcome him. ButMartin is seeking out revenge.
"The Stakelander" is a decent sequel of the gem "Stake Land". The plotreturns to the characters Martin and Mister with an ellipsis of manyyears after the first movie that is presented in flashbacks, withMartin raising a family that is destroyed by an insidious vampireleader and the brotherhood. The result is inferior to the original filmbut also entertains. My vote is six.
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In New Eden, Martin unsuccessfully tries to protect his wife and daughter from an attack of vampires led by a blonde vampire. He returns to North America to seek out the vampire hunter Mister to help him to destroy the vampire leader. Along his journey, he stumbles upon dangerous survivors and the notorious brotherhood; but he also finds a new community with good people that welcome him. But Martin is seeking out revenge.