Stake Land II – USA, 2016 – reviews


‘Death is no escape’

Stake Land II – aka Stake Land II: The Stakelander – is a 2016 American vampire horror film and the sequel to the 2010 hit, Stake Land. The film was directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (Body).
Nick Damici and Connor Paolo reprising their roles, with Laura Abramsen, AC Peterson, Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural) leading the main cast.


The film was produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, where it premiered as part of their ’31 Days of Halloween’. It is currently showing on Netflix.

Dark Sky Films are releasing the film on digital download on February 7, 2017, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD on February 14.




When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalised Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him.

Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Olsen & Berk’s direction is as strong as Matt Mitchell’s cinematography, which is beautiful and, at times, reminiscent of Robert Altman’s westerns. This writer’s only criticism of the visual direction was that there were moments that were too dark to be able to appreciate, losing some of the practical effects and all the bloody beauty of the vamps in the process.” Amy Seidman, Fangoria

“To some this will never measure to the original but its a decent sequel worthy of fan’s attention from the original. Good cinematography, tight action scenes, lots of good gore, you know, the kind horror fans like, practical gooey shit.” Waldo, Letterboxd

“The presumably lower budget on this sequel (which was made for TV), helps this film. With a stronger story, better developed characters, I had an emotional connection with The Stakelander that I did have have with it’s predecessor. It relies on story, rather than action to move the story forward, while still having some great action.” Trevor Zimmermann, Letterboxd

“From the synopsis, you’d think this would be a gripping, gory thrill ride, but its execution is plodding and uninspired. Shame, as the creature effects are genuinely scary and some of the minor characters showed a glimmer of hope (especially the brave gay couple).” Peter Fuller, Kultguy’s Keep

Filming locations:

Saskatchewan, Canada