BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
Like a fair few other films I have watched, I had heard some things already about this film. Before watching it, it had always felt like one of those films that a lot of people had heard of, but only a small amount had actually watched. I finally got round to watching it, and actually, I was not disappointed. "In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary."
I liked Stake Land, I really did, I felt it was a very original type of vampire film. It's set during a form of the apocalypse, such as the Walking Dead does, but Stake Land has more vampires and most of the time, more action. Sorry, Walking Dead, but you have lost some of your action during the past few series though...
Stake Land follows Mister and Martin, while they do their bit saving the rest of humanity from crazy-ass vampires - great vampires though. They roar and shriek, they have black eyes and are covered in blood but still look human. So damn good. Bravo and props to the props and SFX crew! You all deserve to get seen on TV collecting your well deserved Oscars, just saying - I GOT YOU.
Stake Land is a fairly quick paced film, but is about the actual human characters and not just the vampires, so it does slow down sometimes. They don't last long though, take them as nice little breathers and for character development, never a bad thing. I guess I just like the action and horror parts to a horror and not so much the slow parts... I liked the slowed down parts, I liked learning about the characters and I know it's more realistic as life is not all about the fast lane - quote me on a fridge magnet for that. Just me being selfish and wanting more horror...
I have to say, Mister was my favourite characters, I loved him. He just had that whole mysterious, cool guy thing going for him. (His name is actually Mister in this. That wasn't me trying to be kinky...). Martin though, I just could not warm to him, I don't really know why, he wasn't that whiny and he could just about take care of himself, but he just wasn't my cup of tea.
Overall, Stake Land is a good film. It's a breath of fresh air for vampire and apocalypse films, and shows they don't always have to be slow and dull. I shall be watching the second one soon, no doubt.
Oh, and it made me jump while on the cross fit machine at the gym. Bravo.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..