''Stake Land'' is a 2010 vampire film about a teenager and the man who saved his life accumulating a small group of survivors trying to survive and avoid feral vampires and a twisted cult in a post-apocalyptic world, fighting their way to what they hope to be a safe zone in Quebec, or "New Eden".

The brutality and horror of this new world is self-evident from the outset and yet there is still those have hope and rare moments of joy within this harsh setting. The film received generally positive reviews but only a limited release, which makes it something of a hidden gem for fans of the genre.

A sequel, ''Stakelander,'' was released in 2016.


* ActionizedSequel: While the first movie can be seen as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Literature/TheRoad,'' its sequel has more in common with ''Franchise/MadMax.''
* AfterTheEnd: The world has been infested with Vampires and society has collapsed. The vamps have ravaged America and it's long since fallen. Later we learn the Middle East is swarming with them to the extent the military action there was called to an end because there was no human enemy left to fight. Once the US government leaders flee, leaving their countries high and dry, most soldiers abandon their posts to try and make it to their families. Apocalyptic cults emerge shortly thereafter and rumours of cannibals are mentioned.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:When Jebediah becomes a sentient/sapient vampire, he views himself as a vengeful god]].
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler: Sister]] returns, having escaped [[spoiler: the Brotherhood]]. Sadly this only prolongs [[spoiler:her]] life in the long run.
* BadassNormal: Mister is just a normal human but he has killed a lot of vampires and is an experienced hunter.
* BadassLongcoat: Mister sports one of these. In the finale Michael sports a black one, symbolising him having become a hunter in his own right.
* BigBad: Jebediah Loven, leader of the Brotherhood. [[spoiler: He becomes even more dangerous in the finale after being turned vampire but still retaining his mind, warped though it is.]]
** The Mother in ''The Stakelander.'' She's an evolved vampire who can breed and give birth, [[spoiler:[[MamaBear and wants revenge on Mister for killing one of her children]].]]
* TheBerserker: Berserkers are older vampires that are not only stronger but their breastplates have become too dense to stake. A stab to the base of the skull is the only reliable melee method of putting them down without being able to get to the heart.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Sister]] shoots herself rather than be eaten by vampires.
* BlessedWithSuck: Vampires are very powerful, and only staking, sunlight, and severing their spine can kill them. However, they are very feral and have no human thoughts anymore, thus making becoming a vampire a FateWorseThanDeath and a guarantee to make one crazy and bloodthirsty. Only [[spoiler:Jebediah]] manages to retain [[spoiler:his]] "humanity", but it is unclear if [[spoiler:he]] is a full vampire or still turning, [[spoiler:and he was already insane to start with]].
* ButNowIMustGo: When Mister sees Martin taking care of a vampire solo, [[spoiler: he leaves for parts unknown]].
* CanadaEh: Canada, or New Eden, is a refuge from the vampires due to its cold weather.
* {{Cult}}: The Brotherhood, which views the vampires as the work of God. Martin mentions several mad cults sprung up in the wake of the vampire pandemic.
* DarkMessiah: The Brotherhood sees the Mother as this in ''The Stakelander.''
* DeathFromAbove: The Brotherhood flies helicopters over towns, dropping vampires into them in order to destroy them.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Mister]] breaks down after killing the [[spoiler:turned feral woman and declares that he can no longer hunt vampires. He lets Martin go again and fends off as many vampires as he can before presumably being killed offscreen.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler: Jebediah as a vampire.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Jebediah Loven puts on a façade of civility, all whilst he's about commit such acts as murder, raping a woman or having a man eaten to death.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After the brotherhood attack a stronghold by dropping vamps into the settlement, one of their soldiers is seen with a bite on his neck and dark veins appearing on his face[[spoiler: but still retains his mind. Later Jebediah has the same veins on this own face after being turned. It may be that in the early stages of infection victims retain their ability to think for a time.]]
* IdiotBall: The characters methodically set up a perimeter of traps to alert them when vamps are coming, only to camp out in the open, in the middle of a junkyard, with dozens of rows of broken down cars the vamps can hide in and around. Although the group is alerted, they still don't know where the vamps are, [[spoiler:leading to Sister's death.]]
** Martin grasps it firmly in ''The Stakelander.'' After ten years of survival, you would think he would realize that the little girl he was chasing was ''obviously'' leading him into a trap.
* ImAHumanitarian: Cannibals are thought to occupy New Eden, and we get to see some cannibals in action in the second film.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the first ten minutes, in which we see a vampire [[spoiler:finishing draining Martin's baby sibling of blood. Also Belle and her child. And in ''The Stakelander,'' Martin and Peggy's daughter.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mister, who is tough and stoic but genuinely cares about Martin.
* KnightInSourArmor: Mister's demeanour is as rough and hard as you'd expect for a man who's been hunting vampires for solo for a long time but he's still a good guy beneath it all.
* KnightTemplar: Jebediah Loven is the religious leader of cult that believes vampires are God's instruments on earth, sent to cleanse it and even has vamps dropped into nearby settlements to destroy them.
* MamaBear: [[BigBad The Mother]] in ''The Stakelander'' is angry because [[spoiler:Mister killed one of her children.]]
* MoralityPet: Martin to Mister. Not that Mister is a bad guy.
* NiceGuy: Martin is a normal, nice kid who finds himself caught up in a nightmare.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Mister leaving Jebediah to the vampires instead of just killing him directly leads to the death of two of their friends. Leaving his son to die slowly instead of finishing him quick was what set the Brotherhood after them in the first place.]]
* NoNameGiven: Mister is known only by his moniker and his true name is never revealed.
* UsefulNotes/NewYorkState: The second half of the film takes place here.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires are tough, but feral, and have lost most of their intelligence.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Mister has zero issues with murdering rapists on the spot and leaving members of the Brotherhood to die slowly rather than simply kill them quick and be done with it. [[spoiler: This comes back to bite him in the ass twice.]]
* RedShirt: [[spoiler: Only Mister and Martin make it to the end of the film. The three people they take on die.]]
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: The Brotherhood is implied to be white supremacist on top of their {{cult}}ish behaviors, judging by how Jebediah describes Sister as being of "pure stock" and their references to being "Aryan" on their radio broadcast.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Peggy is killed by a Brotherhood member in the opening of ''The Stakelander,'' and it's implied that this is the case for Mister at the end.]]
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:It is never clear whether New Eden is in fact a place of safety or full of cannibals like it is rumored to be. Averted as of the sequel, where Martin is living in a rural cottage on the outskirts of New Eden.]]
* UnspecifiedApocalypse: There is never any information where the vampires came from or many specifics about how far their rampage has reached, other than the United States and (in mentioning) the Middle East.
* ZombieAdvocate: Sister briefly cries out for the duo to stop beating a vampire she once knew when it was human. Though she quickly realizes Mister and Martin are performing a necessary evil.
* ZombieApocalypse: Not literally zombies of course, but the vampires here mostly behave like zombies.