Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Kelly McGillis, and Odeya Rush
Note: I have not seen the 2010 Mexican film of which this film is a remake of. I am judging this film completely on its own.
Last weeks Netflix pick of the week was the 2013 American adaptation of Mexican horror film We Are What We Are. This week I finally decided to sit down with a cup of tea and write down what I thought about the film. Since I have yet to see the original there will be no comparison. I am judging this film on its own.
WARNING: There may be a few spoilers. If you want to be 100% surprised don’t go past this point.
We Are What We Are is not your typical horror film. As a matter of fact I don’t see it as horror at all. I look at this film as more of a study on family and the way individual members cope with the death in the family
What happens when the matriarch of a family living in mere seclusion dies? Her oldest daughter must take on the greatest responsibility she must prepare the family meals. Now for your everyday family that wouldn’t seem like such a problem but this isn’t your normal family. We Are What We Are explores one of the last taboos in modern film culture by giving us a family whose tradition is cannibalism. The oldest daughter played by Ambry Childers must take on the most difficult job in the family. She must kill and cook the victims. Through out the film we are taken through three kids journeys. Specifically to the two teenage daughters. We watch as there father deteriorates and how they begin to question their way of life. Through out the film the middle child and youngest daughter reads through a book like some read through a bible. It is used as some type of guide for the girls while serving as a back story to answer any question as to why this is a old family tradition in the first place.
We Are What We Are is a slow burn family drama. It also acts as a coming of age tale of two teenage girls that begin to question their family’s tradition. I was drawn to the film through the trailer. It has a dark and all consuming atmosphere that pulls you in. A modern day story set in a small mountain town We Are What We Are will leave you with questions and that is how it should be. I am sure you will still find yourself with questions. If you enjoy slow burn horror films with a thought provoking story line this is a film for you. Check it out on Netflix.