Writer: Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau, Jim Mickle (Screenplay)
Starring: Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Laurent Rejto, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Park
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.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Brilliantly Built Up
Story: We Are What We Are starts by letting us meet Emma Parker (DePaiva) as she goes about her day only for her to have some kind of illness and dying. Moving back to her house we meet her child Rose (Garner), Iris (Childers) and Rory (Gore) who have gone into their family traditional fasting. With the father Frank (Sage) grieving it is up to the girls to identify their mother. To keep up with their mysterious traditions Iris now has to step up as the eldest woman in the household. While the family continues to grieve the loss, the young daughters plan to take over the tradition. The girls learn about the history of the family and how they survived for years with the tradition. While they are preparing things Doc Barrow (Parks) finds a bone and starts looking into missing persons including his daughter. While we know what is going on it isn’t until the preparation for the meal that we see what the Parker family is really doing.
We Are What We Are does what many horror film fail to do that is create a genuine shock moment, and this builds it up to levels I haven’t seen in recent horror films. We get the basic idea of hiding the idea without giving too much away before slowly revealing small parts of the film before we get the big reveal. It is hard to even find a negative side to this story telling it is told with near perfection. It pulls you in to each scene leaving you wondering what will happen next waiting for something big to happen and when it finally does it is worth the wait. This is simple, it is how you make a horror that will shock. (9/10)
Ambyr Childers: Iris Parker eldest daughter who has to take over from her mother after her death in prepare for the family traditions. She wants to keep her younger siblings but has to go through one last ritual before trying to escape. Ambyr does a great job in the lead role and could easily be a name in horror for years to come. (9/10)
Bill Sage: Frank Parker father of the household who is showing the effects of years of cannibalism but still forcing his young family to continue to follow the traditions after his wife dies on the first day of them. Bill does a great job in the leading role where he shows a full range of emotions. (9/10)
Michael Parks: Doc Barrow local doctor who upon finding a bone starts to think he could uncover the truth about what happened to his daughter who has been missing for a while now. Michael gives a good performance and continues to show that he is always good to go to in horror. (9/10)
Julia Garner: Rose Parker younger of the two sisters who has to help her sister in the work but is clearly too young to be involved in that sort of thing. Julia gives a great performance and starts the shock moment. (9/10)
Support Cast: We Are What We Are has a small cast but the remaining members of the cast all offer to the main story be it the officer trying to ask simple questions with a romantic angle with Iris or neighbour who has helped the family they all work well to help the main story.
Director Review: Jim Mickle – Jim does a great job directing a horror that is a genuine shock value contender. (9/10)
Drama: We Are What We Are uses the drama side of the story to build up everything the characters are going through. (9/10)
Horror: We Are What We Are hides the horror until little parts get revealed before we see the real horror of what they are doing. (9/10)
Thriller: We Are What We Are builds up to shock everyone with the final moment. (9/10)
Settings: We Are What We Are uses settings to make everything seem like it could be your very own neighbour instead of making anything a creepy looking location. (9/10)
Suggestion: We Are What We Are is a must watch for all the horror fans out there, it actually will shock you. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part of We Are What We Are: Not giving too much away too fast.
Worst Part of We Are What We Are: Hard to find one.
Oh My God Moment: The final moment will shock you.
Believability: It creates the story to make it look like it could be very real. (9/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Could have one
Post Credits Scene: No
Awards: 7 Awards including Best Horror Film in Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Tagline: Blood is the strongest bond.
Overall: Genuinely Shocking Horror