We Are What We Are

Did you eat my daughter?

Year Released : 2013

Director : Jim Mickle

Cast : Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore and Michael Parks

This second “Season of Horror” isn’t going quite as I had hoped as I would have thought I would have seen more decent films by now. I’m 18 days in and have only given out a mere handful of approved stamps, whereas by the same time in the first I had given it to at least six or seven. Much like 2017 is a weaker year for films than 2016, this second season is far worse than the first.

So today I watch “We Are What We Are”, a remake of a Mexican film from 2010. As some of my favourite films are remakes of horror films (“The Thing” and “The Fly”) I am mildly (and I can’t stress that word enough) optimistic of actually having a decent movie. Having said that, American remakes of non-American films is a very different beast all together, with pretty much all of them losing what made them watchable in their original form.

We’ll see.

Plot

Emma (Kassie DePaiva) visits a local butchers when she suddenly starts bleeding out heavily and collapses into a ditch, drowning in the rain water that gathers. Her family are informed a few hours later and try to cope with their loss, which isn’t made easier by their reclusive nature. When he does go out, Frank (Sage) seemingly attacks several drivers stranded on the roadside.

Rory (Gore) soon discovers a woman being held hostage in the basement but is too young to understand it, and the woman is soon killed and eaten by the family. As time goes on Rose (Garner) grows more and more restless, and Iris’ (Childers) budding relationship with Anders (Russell) could be the beginning of the end.

Finally found a decent horror film?

“We Are What We Are” is certainly one of the better movies I’ve reviewed in recent weeks. It is a relatively well made and a decently told somewhat-horror film that has some really likable characters. The only problem with it is that it drags very badly for most of it’s lengthy 105 minute run time.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no objections at all to slow moving films, afterall one of my favourite films this year is “A Ghost Story” in which not a lot happens. The difference is that it works for that film, but fails miserably for a supposed horror film. For those expecting jump scares or more traditional frights, you’re in for a disappointment as the horror elements are very much at the situation that the characters are in.

There is something unsettling about cannibalism in movies, especially when you’re seeing characters that quite clearly don’t want to eat it, but aren’t given a choice by their abusive father. However, the unsettling nature of the film isn’t really backed up with any genuine tension until maybe the final few minutes when the doctor has figured out what has happened.

This is a relatively short review because there isn’t a lot to really say. It’s well acted, it’s an interesting idea and is fairly well put together, but it’s just a bit meh for the majority of the overly long run time.

Summary

A well made horror film that has everything going for it, except for a story that keeps you interested for a lengthy run time of more than 100 minutes.

Had it been maybe fifteen minutes shorter and cut out some of the scenes in which nothing is happening then they might have stood a chance of being very good.

I’m not saying don’t watch it, but don’t go out of your way to do it.

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