One of 2013's best horror films is released on blu ray today. Here's Michelle's horrific review....
|"This water tastes gross, |
can't stop drinking it..."
We Are What We Are is an interesting and chilling entry into the horror genre. Horror has been saturated with cheesy, jump-scare type films as of late and it is refreshing to see a more subtle take on fear. The feeling of dread can be hard to convey and director Jim Mickle does an excellent job creating a menacing and foreboding atmosphere. Religion is a reoccurring theme throughout the movie and the story focuses on a close-knit family (with an overbearing patriarch) that harbors a macabre secret. It plays out like a mystery of sorts and Hitchcock was definitely an influencing factor.
The cinematography is especially beautiful and each shot is framed in an interesting way. I felt drawn into the world immediately and entranced by the mythology inherent in the plot. Some of the story is told with flashbacks and they are filmed in a dream-like way—it reminded me of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and it was a cool juxtaposition to the modern setting of the rest of the movie. Everything is revealed in a slow and methodical way but it never drags at any point. The movie is just shy of two hours long but they fit a whole lot of exposition in that running time and it’s well edited. A haunting violin score perfectly encapsulates the proceedings and the piano accompaniment is particularly memorable.
|"Your morning breath is terrible!"|
- Review by Michelle Kisner