RELATIVELY BLOODLESS YET SCARY AS HELL, We Are What We Are is a smart re-make of the Mexican movie Somos Lo Que Hay (2010), which is already an acclaimed horror genre film. Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street, Stakeland) tackles the movie with thoughtful craftsmanship, considering it’s about cannibalism. He flips the original movie upside down by changing the location, losing the subplot, “doing the same thing in a more American way.” He builds the story slowy on its own merits, and does not rely on gory effects but good old-fashioned storytelling. INTERVIEW BY PAUL SALFEN.
A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.