31 Horror Films #12: Stakeland 2010 Dir. Jim Mickle

Last year I did a series of daily micro blogs going through the history of horror films by year. This was meant to give people an example of the high points of the genre. This year I'll be doing the same thing, but going off the beaten path to provide some films you may not have heard of. These films may not be up your alley, but they're all interesting.

Stakeland 2010 Dir. Jim Mickle

If Charles Bronson was cast in a modern version of "I am Legend", you would get Stakeland. This movie plays like a classic western, set in a post-apocalyptic landscape overrun by vampires. It’s clear from frame one, that Stakeland has a low budget, but they manage to the very best with it; crafting a samurai-like western/road film in which a young man follows a seasoned vampire killer across the countryside after the death of his family. This film is episodic, but never feels boring, making humans the heroes and vampires the monsters they were meant to be. This films has some excellent photography and offers genuine character moments to go along with the scares, including a heartwarming turn from horror maven Danielle Harris. If you’re sick of slick and sexy vampires, Stakeland is the film for you.

Watch the trailer HERE

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