Jim Mickle’s apocalyptic horror Stake Land recently went before the US MPAA to see what certificate it would get for its DVD and Bluray release, due in August in the US. The nasty flick was released in US cinema’s Un-rated, but now the distributors in the US want to get a rating so they can plan how to market the well received horror. The MPAA have awarded the horror a R rating which, for UK audiences, basically means the movie could end up with a 15 or 18 certificate by the BBFC for its UK release. Judging by the trailers and clips we have shared with you here, I reckon the film will (hopefully) get an 18 certificate. Anyway, here is the plot synopsis to remind you of what treats are in store:
America 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 (“Gossip Girl’s” Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (Nick Damici) whose new prey is 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 travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) 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 Brotherhood, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.
By Matt Wavish