Fans have been waiting on some firm release plans for Jim Mickle’s post-apocalyptic vampire tale Stake Land (review here) for a while now, and while we’re all excited for its limited theatrical release on April 22nd, the fact of the matter remains, a very limited amount of people would be getting to see it. Until now that is.
According to Screen Daily IFC Midnight is partnering with MPI Media Group and its subsidiary Dark Sky Films to release Mickle’s vampire epidemic thriller that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn where it won the Midnight Madness audience award. IFC will give it a nationwide theatrical platform release and day-and-date VOD launch on April 22nd.
Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris, Bonnie Dennison, Marianne Hagan, Chance Kelly, Adam Scarimbolo, and Sean Nelson all star. The film is produced by Dark Sky Films and Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix with producers Derek Curl, Peter Phok, Brent Kunkle, Adam Folk, and Fessenden, who also appears in the film.
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 sees the plague as the Lord’s work.
Look for more soon, including where exactly you’ll be able to see Stake Land come April 22nd. In the meantime be sure to join the Stake Land group on Facebook.
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