Jim Mickle's 2010 film Stake Land was arguably one of the best vampire films of recent years, with the film coming off like a vampire version of The Walking Dead. Six years later comes the sequel The Stakelander. While the film reunites lead actors Connor Paolo and Nick Damici, the latter of whom also wrote the screenplay, Jim Mickle has been replaced by the duo of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. On Martin and Mister's vengeful quest against The Mother, they take in a feral woman named Lady (Laura Abramsen) and take shelter in one of the last remaining safe havens, lead by Mister's old friends Bat (A.C. Peterson) and Doc Earl (Steven Williams).
It didn't take long for me to realize that The Stakelander is a step down from Stake Land, in regards to budget and quality. I tried not to let the fact that this film premiered on SyFy last weekend cloud my judgement, especially since this was a director's cut that retained all the language and violence. However, The Stakelander pales greatly in comparison to Stake Land, which probably didn't need a sequel. While it is great seeing Nick Damici back as Mister, his mentor relationship with Martin isn't as strong this time. Altogether, this film was a huge disappointment.