If you have been following my writing for some time then you’ll know all about my semi-disturbing love for apocalyptic wastelands. So you can imagine my excitement when I got the March edition of Rue Morgue magazine and right there on the cover were those glorious words “STAKE LAND: ALL-AMERICAN VAMPIRE APOCALPSE.” Yes, there was a girly squeal of joy when I read those words. Cue my creepy mad giggling… now!
Stake Land is a new film that takes place in the near future, in a post- apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous vampires. At the center of all the madness is a teenager named Martin (Connor Paolo) who loses his family to the vamps but is saved by a badass man only known as “Mister” (Nick Damici, who is also the screenwriter). Armed with stakes, guns and an assortment of other goodies, Mister trains Martin in the ways of killing vampires. The two then make their way across America in their armored car, killing bloodsuckers on the way, in hopes of getting to Canada, where it is rumored there is a safe haven called New Eden.
Sounds bad-ASS! Woo! But, with so many vampire movies and so many apocalypse movies out there I couldn’t help but wonder how this one differed from the others, luckily I got my answer in Rue’s interview with writer Nick Damici – the vampires.
When asked about the different type of vampires in Stake Land and the plague itself, Nick explained that the idea came from the webisodes that were made before the film.
“We kinda made it up as we went along. What started out as the basis – and it’s not even in the movie anymore – was pig flu in South America somewhere or Mexico that spread worldwide essentially, and then people started turning into vampires. The different types of vampires came the original webisode ideas where we did the Jiang Shui, which is the Chinese vampire. We had Mister teaching the kid about the different vampires, so we had this whole lore. What we came up with is that the longer vampires live, the more they mutate, so we had different types of vampires. We could have really pathetic ones that haven’t got their vamp legs yet, like Sister Agatha. To go all the way, there’s the uber-vamp, which came about while we were shooting the movie. We hadn’t taken it that far but eventually we decide to let one of them talk.”
And that there is one of the things that makes Stake Land’s vampire apocalypse so different from the many others, the fact that it has more than one type of vampire. To read the rest of the interview, pick up a copy of the March edition of Rue Morgue magazine. It kicks all sorts of ass!
Of course, I can’t wait to see this flick, which is slated to hit theaters April 22. What about you guys? Will you check Stake Land out, or are apocalypse movies not your thing? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.