Tonight, I opened a bottle and sat down to watch Stake Land. A post-apocalyptic vampire thriller, that reminded me of a mix of Zombieland (minus the jokes), The Road and Near Dark.
In a world that has been overrun by a vampire epidemic, a rogue hunter named simply Mister, takes an orphaned boy on a road trip to New Eden - a town in Canada that is rumoured to be 'vamp free'. On the way they meet an assortment of rag-tag characters including 'Plucky Teen Girl Who Takes No Crap', 'Am I The Only Black Guy To Survive This Shit?' and 'I May Be An Elderly Nun But I Was Once The Romantic Lead In Top Gun You Know!' Yes, that is Kelly McGillis!
It has a bleak atmosphere that runs throughout the film, as though the futility of carrying on surviving is simply not worth the effort. That's a good thing. There's no shoe-gazing moody teens that you want to slap. There's no sexy vamps with perfect bodies. And there certainly seems as though there's no redemption for any of the characters seeking it. Everyone seems to know what is unspoken - that they're all screwed - but they are simply 'getting on with things'.
Which, all in all, made this movie a refreshing change from the toothless vampire flicks that seem to be the accepted norm these days.