Although we are told that the vampire plague has spread all over the world, perhaps even beginning in the Middle East, it is
America which is the focus of . There are rumors of a safe haven in Stake Land Canada, called , and our group of survivors is on a mission to find that safety from their evil fellow man and the bloodthirsty vampires. Martin (Connor Paolo) is saved from a vampire that kills his whole family, and becomes the student of a hardened vampire killer known as Mister (Nick Damici). These two pick up other innocent survivors as they travel, though many are quick to die along the journey. New Haven
There are many dangers on the road, especially in a society gone mad. Even during the daylight hours when the vampires are all in hiding from the sun, there are many threats along the way. The largest is a religious cult known as the Brotherhood, who find it their religious right as Americans to literally rape and pillage what is left. The brutality of this gang may be more frightening than anything the vampires can provide. Part of this may be due to the slightly uninspired presentation of the vampires. Over time they seem to resemble zombies with sharp teeth than they do vampires, but nothing has been done to the monsters themselves to make them unique to this film.
The Blu-ray of this remarkable film comes with a plethora of extras, including seven short films by various directors, each providing some prequel information for the main storyline. There are also two feature-length cast and crew commentary tracks, both of which feature director Jim Mickle, and a making-of feature. Not to mention the video diaries done by Mickle during production, storyboards, pre and post-production featurettes and a film festival footage and interviews. The special features are overflowing, as is the relevance and competence of this American horror film.