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We Are What We Are

5.91 h 41 min2013X-Ray18
The Parkers are a seemingly wholesome family but patriarch Frank rules over them with a rigorous fervour. When tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume terrifying responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family, the local authorities begin to uncover clues to a horrible truth that the Parkers have hidden for so many years.
Jim Mickle
Bill SageAmbyr ChildersIris Parker
English [CC]
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Julia GarnerWyatt RussellNick DamiciKelly McGillisMichael Parks
Rodrigo BellottAndrew D. CorkinLinda MoranNicholas ShumakerJack Turner
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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GenLon.UKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Psychologically and disturbingly horrific, twists and shocks, which make it a good watch...
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Very good. Disturbingly so! I think a previous reviewer (who is probably a v. good film buff for this genre) has already said that Americans are copy cats of horror films [and all genres of public entertainment to be honest]. I expected to be disappointed but was impressed: many unexpected twists and turns: you think you know what's going to happen and then something different does; it's psychological horror too and it's daring to the point of being reminded of, but not as great as, cult brilliant Brit horrors and the best off the rest [Omen, Rosemary's Baby, Exorcist, Amytiville Horror, Straw Dogs 1970's(?), Children of the Corn, The Entity, Stephen King's and Hitchcock's stuff...] that younger horror fans have yet to indulge in. This film is not an instant slasher, gore infested teens-in-trouble, zombie or flippin' live found-footage film and, yes, it could have been a bit quicker paced at points but overall I was moved, disturbed, shocked, uneasy, surprised and it will be memorable to me - hence my time to write this review & I'm not a spoiler. My main qualm - and I don't know if it's because I'm a Londoner who can usually understand other accents, etc. but admit am no expert in dialects or sound engineering - I found I had to rewind and turn volume up to decipher what the father was saying through too much of this film because he sounded muffled. I also couldn't understand the link to the past and the present but it wasn't really essential: I got the gist. However really good effort and look forward to seeing other horrors similar that are actually daring to be horrific because some horrors do actually happen in real life: it's not all about zombies and idiots traipsing like fools through bracken with a video or camera phone. That aside, I hope this is a helpful review, as I've found many stars on Amazon video that don't deserve their rating. Hopefully Amazon will step up their game on that front especially with Prime but I can't be disappointed with this film.
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Jamie GoodchildReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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We Are What We Are is that rarest of things: a remake of an excellent foreign language horror movie (2010's We Are What We Are - also very strongly recommended) that actually improves on it's source material. Intelligent, glacial, beautifully shot, flawlessly acted and worthy of repeat viewings, director Jim Mickle's stated approach here (seeking to combine the likes of The Shining, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Picnic at Hanging Rock) really paid off. So, what's it about? Well, that's covered fully by other reviewers here - this is really just an overview.

Anyone expecting a small-town Cannibal Holocaust/Cannibal Ferox/Texas Chainsaw/Cannibal Man/Ravenous is likely to be disappointed though - this is NOT a retread of those movies, and it's emphasis on ritual, character and circumstance and slowly unfolding horror, rather than constant explosions of gory flesh eating, aligns WAWWA more with the likes of The Wicker Man or Wake Wood than anything else in cannibal cinema land. The explosive and disturbing conclusion however is strong stuff by any measure. And upsetting.

I really can't praise this film strongly enough. If you're a fan of cerebral and challenging horror movies, though, you should check this out.

On the Italian Blu-ray: So, weirdly, you can only get a Region B version of the film in other European territories - not the UK. No problems with this Italian version: the film and all special features are in English. Just turn off the subs, and you're watching the same content as the Region A version.
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carlosnightmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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At time of writing I have not yet seen the original, which is strange for me because I have been aware of it since before the remake was made, and because I tend to always watch the original first. Due to reasons, the remake landing on my plate first so I decided to give it a go, especially when I saw that Jim Mickle was at the helm. For those who don't know, Mickle directed Stake Land - my vote for the best vampire movie of the decade so far. It's best if you go into this not knowing much about the story (as with all my reviews there are possible spoilers below) but if you are expecting some shocking gore fest, you should probably look away now.

Mickle uses another grimy pallet similar to the bland colours he has used previously, draining the world of all life aside from some starched, cardboard mockery. The world is always grey, always sodden, and there are few rays of light or smiles or moments which will make you feel any sort of hope for anyone involved. Naturally this all creates a bleary tone and an out of time sense as you feel like you are witnessing something that happened on a frontier a hundred years earlier than it is. Our central family dresses in a drab, timeless fashion for the most part, living on the outskirts of what could be an old Western mining facility rather than the small town that it actually is. Members of some apparent quaint religion, the two teenage sisters, young son, and grizzled father are struck by tragedy in the opening moments when the matriarch appears to have some sort of aneurysm and collapses, drowning in a puddle. As the film progresses we watch as the family struggles with this loss, try to come to terms with fulfilling the unspoken religious and cultural rites they have performed for generations, all while the townsfolk try to survive the seemingly apocalyptic storm which has been drenching them for weeks. We meet a local doctor, sheriff, deputy, and a neighbour, and slowly we learn about the town's penchant for losing its inhabitants or people who try to pass through. It soon becomes clear that the family is involved in this somehow, and that the townspeople are closing in on the truth.

It's difficult to talk about things like performances, plot, music, for a film which is so ruled by its bleak and grim visuals and tone. However, the actors are all uniformly strong, feeling like real people torn by their pasts and presents. Michael Parks is as good as ever in the role of the suspicious, mourning doctor, and Bill Sage is suitably domineering as the father. It's the two daughters who stand out, Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers as the reluctant girls forced into following their traditions, not fully understanding why they must do the things they do, but knowing enough to see how terrible it is. Kelly McGillis returns from Stake Land and continues her interesting resurgence. It is a cold tale from Mickle, and another that shows he is a force to be reckoned with, being possibly the most lyrical director in horror today. Those expecting a tale of blood and guts will be disappointed - this is a slow burning drama based on atmosphere, based on the looks between characters rather than decapitations and the like, and while there are a few scenes of blood and guts these only work thanks to the chilling tone which has been set up. One to watch on a cold dark night after a good meal.
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world cyclistReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
So slow!
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I tried and tried with this film but good grief! Considering the content being cannibalism I expected it to be reasonably fast paced but it is ridiculously slow. I also find the characters mumble at the beginning. I nearly dozed off half an hour in to it! Another one for the charity shops!
JamesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pacing, Pacing, Pacing
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This is a very well made film. It is beautifully shot, well-acted and even has a good score. The climatic scene is very well done (though the very last sequence was a real cliché). So what's wrong? Between them the director and editor have screwed the film up by imposing an art-house approach to the editing to soak up every grain of atmosphere. This has backfired badly as this is not an art-house film. The effect is that it moves at a snail's pace when it needed to be much brisker to suit the subject matter. It needed about ten minutes cut to tighten it - then the real quality of this film would have shone through.
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D. Ruiz HernandezReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing, annoying, rubbish...
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Stupid, boring, irritating an unnecessary film. Which kind of sick and twisted mind can come out with a disgusting story like this? You better go to the psychiatrist mate before you start doing nasty things.
cedricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Super DVD
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Great story and worth a view
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quite Good
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This is a good film that's certainly very watchable in comparison to a lot of the other horror movies available on Amazon Prime. "We Are What We Are" seems to be based on the Sawney Bean legend or similar stories and was thus it was interesting to watch from that perspective, I could really have done without watching the last few minutes though.
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