Director: Jim Mickle
Screenwriter: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Cast: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Danielle Harris
Runtime: 98 mins
Release Date: 17 October 2011 on DVD and BR
Synopsis: A band of humans try to survive in a post-apocalyptic America that has been ravaged by vampires.
Jim Mickle’s apocalyptic, horror, western, road-movie is the best vampire film since Let The Right One In, not that it bares much resemblance to that Swedish masterpiece. Where Tomas Alfredson’s film excelled in its use of vampire lore to mirror the loneliness of a bullied youth, this 2011 effort uses the backdrop of an America ravaged by bloodsuckers to make a point about social and economic decline, as well as to challenge the way in which humanity in desperation can manifest their faith in violent ways.
A world in which religious extremists attack peaceful settlements by dropping in ravenous vamps from helicopters, those who cling to humane behaviours must drift across a wasted America in constant fear, both from the living and the dead. The philosophy is reminiscent of Romero’s zombie series, but this outlook is far grittier than those films’ satirical, comic book sentiments, and the film is at its most successful when it follows a group of people banding together as a pseudo-family in a dying world, trying to survive with a semblance of dignity.