Stake Land

Stake Land ★★★

Essentially a Romero "walking dead" picture (it's even shot in my backyard of Pottstown, PA), STAKE LAND trades vamps for zombies, but the rest of the post apocalyptic cliches remain the same. There's an episodic nature that keeps Mickle's movie endlessly watchable (apparently it was once supposed to be a web series), even when it all feels so damn familiar. Nick Damici has a real 70s character actor feel (almost like a Bill Smith clone), and the kid from GOSSIP GIRL is the perfect blank slate to be his slayer apprentice. Mean spirited enough to horrify, while still possessing a relatively admirable amount of human pathos. Kinda surprised by how much I enjoyed this, actually.