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Plot: The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 24 Sep 2013
A Beautiful Yet Horrifying Masterpiece (by pruittusa)
A movie that is as beautiful as it is horrifying. This is story telling and cinematography at its finest. Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock would have been impressed. This is a movie you will not get out of your head anytime soon. I have never written a review on here before, but immediately after seeing this movie I just had to praise it. It quickly has taken place in my top 10 movies of all time. If you are expecting a splatter movie or gore-fest, don't waste your time. Although gory and disturbing this movie is all about the story and the characters. I am not familiar with any of <more>
the actors or actresses who played in this movie, but each did a superb job. I can guarantee it will not be nominated for an Oscar, but it should be. Everyone associated with this movie should be very proud of their accomplishment.
I wrote this review because of all the bad reviews (by jrushelkins)
I almost didn't watch this because of all of the reviews saying how gloomy and slow paced this film was. I'm glad I decided to take a chance on it. Had a great unexpected jaw dropping ending! Did not feel like this was slow paced at all and stayed glued to the story throughout the entire film.
Family traditions (by dhainline1)
I thought this was a very good movie about a family who follows a secret family tradition they tell no one about because outsiders would not understand. All families have their traditions and the tradition the Parker family of Frank, daughters Iris and Rose, and young son, Rory follow is literally hard to stomach. Bill Sage as Frank was great as the scary, yet vulnerable father of his family. His vulnerability comes from the loss of his wife, his children's mother. Ambry Childress and Julia Garner were both equally great as the 2 fragile, blond anemic daughters, Iris and Rose. Young Jack <more>
Gore as Rory was also quite good and so was Kelly McGillis as Marge, the concerned neighbor and Michael Parks as the town doctor, Dr. Barrow.
If you go to only one cannibal movie this year.... (by somf)
Look, I enjoy horror movies as much as the next guy. I enjoy just about every genre in fact, but with horror, I am rarely in the middle. It is either darn good or it kind of sucks. What is so great about "We are what we are" is that it really reinvents the genre. There is a little Donner party type sub theme lurking in the background, but it just encompasses its' own little niche. The point I am trying to make is that a lot of people that love horror are not anxious to see the latest slasher flick. By its very theme this film will draw the attention of guys who can't wait <more>
for the next installment of Hostel or Rob Zombie's next film, and they probably won't care for more than about a minute of this film. Though they may think that one minute is one of the best minutes of any horror film ever made. Those aforementioned type films are usually on my suck or don't bother list BTW.This is a well written, well acted, fantastically directed and exceptionally scored Gothic horror story. I feel like I just saw my first film by a future great director and am anxious to see his earlier work. Let me touch a little on the score. The composer is a former member of LCD Soundsystem. I really liked those guys. But I am off on the wrong foot here cause the soundtrack has nothing to do with LCD Soundsystem. This is pure Bernard Hermann. Fantastic score to add to the suspense.From what I understand calling this a remake is like calling Interview With a Vampire a remake of Dracula. I have not seen the original, but my understanding is that this film is substantially different.It is a truly dark film until the very end where there is Grand Guignol scene that will really mess with your mind. I hope that anyone that appreciates a really good story like The Woman in Black,The Conjouring, Sinister, Skeleton Key, The Others, or Carpenter's The Thing I had to throw that in cause Kurt Russell's son has a large role in this film will take a leap of faith and see a film with subject matter they might not normally be drawn to. You really won't regret it.
I went to this film not knowing a thing about it. It really made a difference in the way that it was perceived because I didn't expect a thing. I didn't know if I would see something about an inventor, or a heist, or a love triangle... I had no idea.This film captures the mood of an area of Upstate New York known as Delaware County. If you visit there, you get a feeling that people 'round them parts keep to themselves and don't care for telling anyone from outside what it's like. In many ways this is not a creepy film with tension building again and again along with sudden <more>
"Boo! Scared Ya!" moments. That kind of stuff gets old quickly anyway. The strength of this film is in its professionalism. It's like everyone is trying to rise above the dreaded B level.At the beginning of the film there are thunderstorms and floods that portend the rumblings of something unusual going on, and throughout there are beautifully photographed scenes showing the drenched landscape and lush vegetation of late spring.The acting is excellent, most likely because the actors were provided with something that is rare in many films these days - a great script. Along with the mesmerizing musical score you are brought along at an even pace, mystified by the strange occurrences and behaviors.By the end of the film, which builds to significant tension, you realize something more terrifying than you would have thought, with a horrifying twist, and a final country tune that might give you chills.
Excellent excellent excellent. Acting, writing, directing, cinematography, and scoring all superb. This is what horror films are all about. It's about time someone made a good one. I am watching the original very soon. I highly recommend this film.In this day and age it is rare to find a gem like this. It is so atmospheric. The dark foreboding environment which embodies this film is fantastic. Set in deep country during a horrible flood, this follows the story of a sadistic family and their ghastly rituals. I won't say much else. It's better not to know a lot about this film going <more>
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We Are What We Are for Good or Bad (by FilmMuscle)
A film with such a visible title is surely hinting at the potential themes of the film, right? Well, popularly so, that seems to not be enough for the majority as they're seeking unusually complex films that are basically only made to reach that one significant message to the audience. In my honest opinion, not every film has to blatantly and pretentiously boast its themes and message in order to be considered a masterpiece or, at least, a great film. Upon entering a film, I expect it to entertain and immerse me in a memorable story, coupled with all the effective elements to make it so. <more>
If you're commencing this film with that mindset, you're almost guaranteed to have a much better experience. This motion picture tells a remarkable and compelling story about an isolated family who vastly differentiate from the normal citizens- a father and his two daughters and son- suddenly mourning the death of their mother/wife. The film does noticeably carry along at a slow pace in its first half as the moviegoer adjusts to the environment and carefully observes this rural atmosphere and its wildly strange inhabitants. Once you familiarize yourself with the family's habits as their backstory unravels, the film begins to kick in. In defense to the flak the film's been receiving from critics who're essentially panning its sluggish pace, I'm forced to question why Terrence Malick's films the earlier works, especially are met with such unanimous applause because they perfectly replicate what it means to be excruciatingly slow-paced. With this unfolding plot, the pace eventually picks up in its latter half unlike Malick's persistence in meddling pace , and we're ultimately greeted, for lack of a better term, with a remarkably tense ending, which serves as a pinnacle in conclusions. Although the film is frankly plagued by an element of predictability due to the way some scenes are shot, an edge of unpredictability is highly prevalent throughout the finale. The crowd encounters several twists and turns along the way until all has been exposed and the conflict hits its marvelous peak. Basically, this is one of those movies that are definitely redeemed by the exceptional manner in which the story wraps up. By the way, this is, at the end of the day, a horror film in essence, and I greatly appreciated the film's preference of storytelling rather than the mindless path of excessive gore and pointless violence, that which infests the horrendous contemporary horror flicks. Admittedly, I found myself losing interest in the film's events and ensuing mystery until it finally reaches that sweet spot halfway through the story as previously mentioned . In addition, it's superbly acted with the whole cast terrifically fitting into their roles and the father perfectly conveying that look of menace, intimidating everyone around him with a low-pitched, frightening voice and a werewolf-like, unshaven face. However, I'll have to mention just how irritated I was by the amount of mumbling that was occurring during the beginning. It was extremely difficult to grasp a single word out of their mouths, and I can't possibly stress just how much I hate actors' decisions to mumble. Understandably, they're often found in miserable positions. Regardless, without subtitles, you're left to struggle with understanding as the tale progresses. Furthermore, the cinematography is undeniably beautiful at times and then, it also serves well when it comes to telling the story with that hint of tension and suspense the primary goal of a cinematographer, in the first place, before going for fancier shots , complementary to the mise-en-scène as well. The director's consistent use of rack focusing undoubtedly contributes to the outstanding execution of some specific scenes, especially the grand finale. In the end, the film isn't fascinatingly complex or considerably intelligent, but it absolutely works in terms of plot, camera-work, and performances. Though the music disappointedly isn't striking and feels fairly bland and generic removing potentially greater suspense and eeriness from the final product , We Are What We Are will likely stick in your mind due to the completely unexpected and pulsating intensity that erupts as it nears the finish mark.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE 2013 *** Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Michael Parks, Wyatt Ruseell, Jack Gore, Kelly McGillis, Kassie Wesley DePaiva. Affectively creepy modern-day Gothic thriller about an odd family whose unsavory beliefs are about to be discovered when a rainstorm unearths their secrets and a curious local doctor with an ax to grind. Based on a Mexican 2010 film which I did not see the taut screenplay by Nick Damici who plays the town sheriff and director Jim Mickle manages to unnerve as well as bring a spring of sympathy to the family's brood who slowly realize <more>
"All this damn rain gets in the bones" (by doug_park2001)
Dark, slow but steady film about the apparently normal Parker family, who share a macabre secret ritual. Excellent acting and cinematography bring an immediate realism that really carries this film. WARNING: If gore and grossness get to you, stay away. While WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is not just a constant schlock-fest, there is some pretty disturbing stuff here: Short but graphic scenes of an autopsy, etc.There's been some debate about whether or not WAWWA is really a horror film, and I would vote a definite "yea" even though the whole mood and atmosphere are different and better in <more>
many ways than most contemporary horror flicks. There are some elements of suspense, but you know the big "secret" before it's halfway through--the cover also gives a decent hint--so it doesn't exactly work as a mystery. Regardless, the brief flashbacks to the family's ancestors in the 1780s add a great deal.Though none of the individual elements here are anything that hasn't been done plenty of times before, WAWWA's whole combination of qualities make it a different experience. It's obviously low budget but still far from being another super-amateurish cheapie. The makers of this film did an excellent job with what they had to work with. There are some blank spots--e.g., the body in the water--and a little stronger sense of place would have been nice. At the same time, it's probably better that they don't explain every little thing away.