We Are What We Are is a remake of the Mexican film of the same title and revolves around the reclusive family, The Parkers. This family have always kept to themselves, the reason behind this is patriarch Frank Parker (played by Bill Sage) is keen on keeping his ancestral customs intact. Until a torrential rainstorm moves to their area, their ancient customs will soon become a public knowledge which can cost them everything. We Are What We Are also stars Kelly McGillis, Ambyr Childers and Odeya Rush. Check out the latest news for this new horror film below:
“We Are What We Are Is An Intense Film for Horror Fans
“When I saw his movie,” said director Jim Mickle in his opening thank you to Jorge Michel Grau, the director of “Somos Lo Que Hay,” “I was jealous of everything: the idea, the plot, the style, and jealous that it was playing at Cannes in Director’s Week.” And so Mickle went about securing the rights to remake the hit Mexican film, co-opting the idea, the plot and elements of the style for his English-language “We Are What We Are ” — co-written with frequent collaborator Nick Damici — which played yesterday in Cannes, as part of, oh yes, Directors’ Fortnight. It’s a nice narrative to have surround your picture, and the admiration between the directors is mutual, as we reported recently, with Grau giving Mickle’s take fulsome, glowing praise, even calling it “an improvement of my story.” We admired the original, so could that dirtiest of concepts, the US remake, possibly live up to all the excited chatter? Happily, it does, pulling off the rare trick of remaking a strong original into a strong new version that honors the story but provides a different slant on it that feels as authentic to its transposed environment as the original did to its setting. It does a “Let Me In,” shall we say, rather than a Platinum Dunes.
Building slowly, and in a controlled, low-key and unshowy fashion — especially for a cannibal horror film — Mickle’s “We Are What We Are” begins with the death of the clearly gravely ill Parker family matriarch Emma (Kassie DePaiva), during a bout of heavy flooding. After this initial drama, the film then takes its time establishing mood, character and the interpersonal relationships amongst her surviving family — daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner), little boy Rory (Jack Gore) and paterfamilias Frank (Bill Sage) — along with their small circle of acquaintances, comprising of the local deputy Anders (Wyatt Russell) who has a crush on Iris, town doctor Doc Barrow (Michael Parks) and kindly neighbor Marge (Kelly McGillis, is that really you?). The now-motherless Parkers are devout to a mysterious religion of seemingly their own devising, which revolves around an old diary and something they call Lamb Day, due to happen in just a few days’ time. And without her mother around, eldest daughter Iris is expected to take on her duties, however deviant they may be. Meanwhile Doc, himself pining for his disappeared daughter, discovers a human bone in the nearby creek and embarks on a a little medical sleuthing, recruiting Anders to his cause along the way, while a local girl goes missing and the family, involved in a draconian fasting ritual prior to Lamb Day, are getting hungry.”
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We Are What We Are is directed by Jim Mickle and is set to be released on September 27th 2013.
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