Published on April 21st, 2011 | by Terry Boyden2
‘Stake Land’ Jebediah Clip – A Return to Gruesome Vampire Storytelling
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Here is a new three-minute clip from Stake Land, the upcoming horror film from Director Jim Mickle and starring Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris and Sean Nelson.
America’s infatuation with vampires and zombies dips into the gruesome in the clip. Don’t consider it your typical cache of The Vampire Diaries, True Blood or The Walking Dead. It looks like Mickle is trying to bring back the old school vampires, that sharply contrast with today’s over-romanticized sex maniacs.
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 (In the Cut’s Nick Damici) whose new prey are 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 Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.