Journal: Horror Film and Modern World Feels Essay

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Journal#3
Mayur Barot
(Max)
COMM 1051 01

April 12

2014
Dracula

Personally, I did not enjoy the Stake Land movie but I like the story and plot
of movie. So here I am going to talk about this Movie. This movie was released in
2011.
Zombies are a great convenience. They provide villains who are colorful and
frightening, require no dialogue, motivation or explanation, and yet function
efficiently as a negation of all that is good. Just the very word "zombie" can
persuade people to buy tickets for a movie, and "sex" hasn't done that in years. At
the risk of using the word MacGuffin twice in the same week — well, that's what
zombies are, aren't they?
Humans are survivors in an undead world that has gone horribly wrong,
where all the good times are past and gone. That's what our modern world feels
like to me sometimes; the morning news is filled with more ominous portents
than the opening montage of a disaster movie. When Japan is torn by
earthquakes and airports are attacked by tornadoes and the economy is melting
and radiation is leaking and honey bees are dying, obviously the zombies are only
waiting for the globe to warm a little more.
One advantage of zombie movies and indeed, all monster and horror
movies, is that they provide a port of entry for new filmmakers. The genre itself is

the star. I don't like to say this about David Arquette, who is a jolly nice guy, but I
doubt many people went to "Scre4m" to see him; they wanted to see the slasher
in the mask.
That said, there are substantial qualities in "Stake Land," a movie that
probably uses zombies as little as it can get away with. Considering that the
dialogue calls them "vamps" for short, they're apparently some kind of
zombie/vampire hybrid, previously unidentified by Horror Science. The Dead have
merged with the Undead. You see what spraying with insecticides can lead to.
The movie mercifully focuses on a handful of characters as they journey
toward a perhaps mythical New Eden. We begin with the voice of a young
narrator, Martin (Connor Paolo), who explains how after his family was
massacred, he came under the protection of Mister (Nick Damici). How they are
driving in a big boat of a classic car through a wasteland of threat and paranoia.
How Mister instructs him in the skills of survival. There are echoes here, less
eloquent, of "The Road."
Mister has hard-earned expertise about vamps. A bullet will slow them
down but all that will kill them is the proverbial stake, driven into the base of the
skull, where allegedly resides the Reptile Brain. He schools Martin in eternal…