Let's kick off this week's Cult Movie Worship with a sweet little short called Lumi about a tooth-like alien with light-up eyes and a giant world to explore. It was produced in-house at Bigboom.tv (click the link for more goodies).

Stake Land

Connor Paolo (a.k.a. Gossip Girl's littlest brother Eric van der Woodsen) is one of the last remaining humans on the burnt nation that once was America. Now that the US is lousy with vampires, it's man versus myth versus plague. Who will win? Watch the new trailer for Stake Land, a slightly new take on the vampire story (except for Priest and I Am Legend). But all kidding aside, the footage does look pretty slick for a low-budget post-apocalyptic flick filled with deserted country and vile vampire folk.

America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl's Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut's Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead.

Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America's heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord's work.

The Prodigies

You loved the first teaser, now take a look at the full trailer for super-powered French flick The Prodigies (La Nuit Des Enfants Rois). We're suckers for any films that blows up New York with such je ne sais quoi.

NYC, Central Park, 2010. Five young teenagers are violently assaulted. But they're not your average teenagers... they're prodigies. The trauma of the assault incites them to lash out against the world in a cold and calculating way. The five chillingly brilliant minds come together to concoct a perfect revenge. The only person aware of the pending doom is Jimbo Farrar, a sixth prodigy, who has gathered them. As long as he fights against his five counterparts with all his might, there's hope for the world. But should he turn over to their side, it's only a matter of time before a disaster of apocalyptic proportions ensues...

Via Twitch Film.

The Gerber Syndrome

The Scifi London Festival runs from April 23 to May 2. And while we can't be there in the flesh, we're there in spirit. We promise to keep you aware of all the interesting flicks (which we haven't covered yet). First up, The Gerber Syndrome. A press release relates this outbreak movie to 28 Days Later's rage virus, but we're getting more of a District 9 feel (with the camera work). Either way, we're very interested in this Italian movie. Also fingers crossed the virus is transmitted through baby food!

Set in the early days of a pandemic, the film follows a young doctor having to treat the daughter of a family friend following an attack by a vagrant and whose condition is rapidly deteriorating.

This narrative is intercut with footage of a 'Central Security' operative whose job it is to round up people in the final stages of infection as they become very violent and disoriented, but also very slow - and very contagious.