‘Stake Land’ Release Plans Sorted Out

I’m pretty excited to see Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, a post-apocalyptic vampire tale from the director of Mulberry Street. While we already told you Dark Sky Films announced an April 22 release, we just now got official details.

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 22.

Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Nick Damici, and Michael Cerveris star in the vampire epidemic story based on a screenplay by Mickle and Damici. Plot deets inside.
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.