We Are What We Are
Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore, Kelly McGillis
Directed by: Jim Mickle
Run Time: 105 mins
Genre: Horror/ Thriller/ Drama
Opens October 18th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Horror Film Fans! You know it’s that time of year when the horror films are being released in full force and this week is a film that will give the updated version of a horror classic a run for its money. Opening this week as a Harkins Camelview exclusive is the horror film “We Are What We Are” starring Bill Sage, Julia Garner and Kelly McGillis. This horror film touches on a subject that is not as oversaturated in the horror market, cannibalism. So how does it fare? Read on to find out.
When family matriarch of the Parker clan, Emma Parker (Kassie DePaiva) dies at the young age of 47 of what seems to be an early onset of Parkinson's Disease, the rest of the family is shaken to its core. Eldest daughter Rose (Julia Garner) is expected by her father Frank (Bill Sage) to step in her mother’s role and to fulfill her duties in taking care of the family and learn of the ways of their heritage, which are practicing Cannibalism.
Middle daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose have grown weary of their family’s practices. She has been searching for a way to break free now that their mother is gone. Frank has grown more oppressive with each passing day in an effort to deal with his own health issues and grief over losing his wife.
As private the Parker clan have been, there has been a number of disappearances in the area that remain unsolved. One of those family member of the disappeared is the town doctor, Doc Barrow (Michael Parks) who treated Emma Parker while she gave birth to her third child Rory (Jack Gore) and exhumed her body before being laid to rest. Doc Barrow knew there was something odd about Emma’s condition, and with some keen observations, decides to dig a little further into the health history of the rest of the Parker family. Will Doc Barrow be able to help the Parker children before it’s too late or will he become their latest victim for dinner? Although this is not necessarily a scary film, it is more disgusting than frightening to make the viewer squeamish, the content of the film is delivered in such a way that it makes it tolerable to view. One may expect with a director such as Jim Mickle (Stake Land, Mulberry Street) helming this film that a particular level of expectation of horrific thrills will be met. Which if you’re going in with little or no expectations, this film is suitable for getting in the Halloween mood. The young actresses playing the daughters are fantastic as is Bill Sage as the deranged, over zealous head cannibal. You be the judge when “We Are What We Are” opens at Harkins Camelview starting Friday October 18,2013.