I've decided I really need to cut into the pile of stuff I have set aside on Netflix (video games aren't the only backlogs I accumulate) and this week it was Stakeland's turn in the barrel. And for a low budget (but I'm guessing not tiny - interesting locations, good effects and a couple of recognizable actors) it turned out to be pretty ok. It throws zombie and vampire lore into a blender to give us a weird kind of mush, of a recognizably post-breakout world that we're so used to from The Walking Dead and Romero movies at this point. But these aren't your bog standard zombies, but blood sucking vampires that stalk the living. Only at night though - they're susceptible to sunlight and stakes through the heart, though apparently not religious icons.
I liked the actors, though I didn't recognize most. The main bad guy is a character actor I've seen before, most recently from Treme, and there's a small part played by Kelly McGinnis (Top Gun) of all people! I did not recognize the two main characters, the older, grizzled vampire killer or his young Robin, but they were pretty solid.
You won't find a lot of surprises in this movie, it's mostly just following these characters (plus a few strays they pick up along the way) as they look try to escape to Canada to get away from all this (evidently the vampires don't like the cold). There's a few interesting ideas here - at one point the bad guys, a bunch of militant religious types, use a helicopter to airdrop vampires into a peaceful settlement while they're celebrating one night. It's a pretty good time, and not a bad use of an hour and a half.