We Are What We Are (2013)
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Director Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street, Stake Land) takes the helm for this horror remake centered on a reclusive family with a gruesome secret that's gradually revealed during a torrential downpour. The Parkers have never been much for company. In fact, for as long as they've lived in the Catskills, none of their neighbors have set foot in their home. And that's by design; the family patriarch Frank is intent on maintaining his ancestral customs, which wouldn't be understood by modern society.
We Are What We Are is a re-make that succeeds superbly while remaining true to the strange and sad intimately grotesque spirit of the original.
A refreshingly mature genre entry that plants queasy dread and unleashes a good dose of scares, tempering its gruesome bloodshed by wrapping it in serious-mindedness.
Like all good horror stories Mickle's film is really about something else, and the two female leads give terrific performances as cloistered teenagers struggling to come to terms with their place in their world.
We Are What We Are is just a great yarn, well-acted, elegantly shot and put together cleverly so that even its more visceral delights feel well-earned.
The doom, the gloom, and the horrific truth kept just out of the audience's reach make the build up in We Are What We Are a potent motion picture, and Mickle films it with genuine class and moderation.
We Are What We Are devours expectations even as it satisfies the best of them.
The film is stunningly beautiful, and Ryan Samul's work here as cinematographer is impressive and overwhelming throughout.
There are some terrific performances in this film, most notably from Childers and Garner, who move seamlessly from wide-eyed naivete to fierce protectiveness. And man, is this a gorgeous, well-put together film.
For horror fans who prefer their terrors served cold, this is a tense, unsettling experience that offers very little gore but nonetheless knows how to turn the stomach.
Mickle was so smart to avoid the grotesque angle that others would have chosen, shooting it more like a southern gothic than pure blood & guts.
We Are What We Are is a film that ought to feel like an amusement park terror ride, but instead comes off as a poor attempt at fine art.
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