150 Words About: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013)

Jim Mickle’s (Mulberry StreetStakeland) remake of the Spanish film Somos Lo Que Hay earned the top spot on my favorites list the year it was released, and next to The Witch it might be my favorite American horror film since The Mist.  This one’s as much Southern Gothic as it is horror; it’s gory when it needs to be, but not like you’d expect for a film about a family of holy-rollin’ cannibals (its tone is more Frailty than Texas Chain Saw Massacre).  A somber mood is established from the first frame, thanks to a never-ending rain that almost becomes a character in itself.  Featuring another sublime performance from the late Michael Parks (From Dusk Till Dawn, Red State) as a medical examiner haunted by the disappearance of his daughter, We Are What We Are is a damn-near-perfect film for the discerning genre fan who’s looking for something different.

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