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  • Actors: Ambyr Childer;Kelly McGillis;Michael Parks;Wyatt Russell
  • Directors: Jim Mickle
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 7 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FXOO2A2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,658 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I was going to say that 'We Are What We Are' is the best cannibal film I've ever seen, thinking that might be humorous at the microscopic or subatomic level. Then I realized I've seen quite a few movies that prominently featured cannibalism, as well as a surprising contingent for which cannibalism was the central theme: Silence of the Lambs, Ravenous, Alive, Soylent Green, The Hills Have Eyes, Sin City, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, The Road, Motel Hell, and Delicatessen. Then there's an entire sub-species of exploitation film, known simply as 'The Cannibal Genre', which was an Italian phenomenon of the 1970's. And Zombies could be considered dead-ish, rotting cannibals, if you decide to cast the net a little wider... While the competition is quite a bit tougher than I originally thought, I still think this is the best film ABOUT cannibalism I've seen. It approaches an inherently sensationalistic subject with the maturity and simmering reserve of Eastwood's 'Mystic River', refusing to portray the characters as monsters.

This is not a formulaic Hollywood horror flick. It's a haunting and horrifying drama with beautiful cinematography, about a family whose colonial ancestors were driven to Donner party extremes by the harsh winters of a not-so abundant New World. The human mind finds clever ways to let the survivors of such a traumatic ordeal live with what they've done. Justifying it as the will of God, and finding scriptural basis for 'transubstantiating' the act of cannibalism from atrocity to sacred ritual, is actually quite believable. Catholics and Protestants have killed one another over...
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“What in the world was I thinking” about what you said, oh of course, this movie, nice slow pace,
then this thing hit you, especially the most bizarre and “Shocking ending you will ever, ever See,
This is the Re-make of the Spanish speaking movie out of Mexico, “We Are What We Are” is a movie you
will soon not forget, if you decide and has the stomach to endure it’s outcome, weak stomach, stay away,
the way Director “Jim Mickle shot this, is nothing more than outstanding, the rainy atmosphere that we see
from the very fist opening scene of the movie, when Mrs. Parker, head into town to get supplies for the family,
from there on this movie takes on a slow ride, like you don’t know what’s going to happen, everything was
going through my mind, trying very hard to figure out it’s outcome, from the four main characters of the movie,
or I should say five, which includes the doctor, played be Michael Parks” I remember him from, (“From Dusk Till Dawn”
the very first scene in the corner store") played their part to an absolute perfection, Bill Sage” Ambyr Childers” and
Julia Garner” plus little Nick Damici” hope they had a green screen so that kid couldn’t see that one scene of mayhem,
if you think Hannibal Lector was gross, this one overshadow that by a mile, may not be in story wise but Oh Boy,
but the ever, ever, ever, unrecognizable “Kelly McGillis” not until the end credits did I know it was her, see if you can,
she was also in “Stake Land” and I didn’t know it, till the end, I warn you again, weak stomach stay away,
English 5.1 DTS-HD master Audio.
2.35:1 Widescreen.
Runtime 105 Min.
This Dinner Will Leave A Very Bad Taste In Your MOUTH....
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good film but beware... Feb. 3 2014
By J. Isaacs - Published on Amazon.com
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This film will not be for everyone. Some might find it slow, others will sense the tension building. You might think you know what is going to happen but you don't. This is such a bizarre combination of indie film art and offbeat horror. I don't how else to describe it. I enjoyed it but was definitely macabre.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very well-acted and it sucks you right in from the start Aug. 3 2014
By Farrah T. Giroux - Published on Amazon.com
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Very creepy and very spooky because it appears so normal and humdrum. Very well-acted and it sucks you right in from the start. Look out for that dinner scene, it's a doozy. For one of the few times in my life, I'll say that I liked this version better than the original.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
(BLU RAY REVIEW) Yum... April 28 2014
By M. Oleson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
There may be spoilers.

I'm going to assume that anyone who is interested in this movie understands what the general theme is. For those of you who don't, cannibalism is involved. So if that isn't what you're looking for in a horror film, you might want to look elsewhere.

While this remake of a 2010 Mexican film certainly qualifies as a horror film, there are no traditional "jump out" scenes and limited gore. The horror is the subject matter and how 2 young sisters, forced by tradition, have to carry out what they believe to be long standing family values. Director Jim Mickle certainly has a handle on drama and horror or to be more precise, suspense. It builds ever so slowly after the Parker family matriarch (Kassie DePaiva) dies mysteriously after fainting and hitting her head on a pipe. She falls into a partially water filled ditch and eventually drowns.

Set in upstate New York, a driving rainstorm causes flooding in the area. This manages to dislodge suspicious artifacts which begin to wash up on a creek bed. Discovered by the local coroner, Doc Barrow (a very good Michael Parks), wonders if they might be clues to the mysterious disappearance of numerous individuals, including his own daughter, over the years. An autopsy of Mrs. Parker provides more clues.

After Mrs. Parker is put to rest, patriarch Frank Parker confronts his two daughters. Iris (Ambyr Childers) is about 16 or 17 and as the oldest must be the chief chef as it were. Younger sister Rose (Julia Garner) is about 14 and takes responsibility for rearing younger brother Rory (Jack Gore). A neighbor, Marge offers to assist Frank but he puts her off. I didn't even recognize Kelly McGillis as Marge. Many horror-schlock fans may not be happy with the pace of the movie and a lack of gore throughout, but patience has its virtue. Others, settling in for a white-knuckled suspense drama, may be unhappy with the conclusion. It took me a day or two to think about it, but I concluded the final scenes are just about perfect.

The Blu ray disc comes in a 1080p video resolution and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. While I noticed a brief bit of video noise, the film looks good overall. It appears the director and cinematographer purposely wanted a dull color grading. Some of which is due to the bleak home setting and the constant rainfall. The audio comes in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. I thought the sound effects were excellent in this film. The constant rain changes from a light drizzle to modestly dense rain to a raging storm. The surrounds are well utilized and the dialog properly centered. Subtitles are limited to English SDH in this Region A disc. Extras include a commentary track with the director, screenwriter Nick Damici and some of the actors, a 55 minute "making of" feature, a trailer and some interviews with the director, Sage and Garner.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I found it gripping and beautifully shot. The young actresses playing the daughters were ... Oct. 14 2014
By Allison Nible - Published on Amazon.com
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The thinking man's horror film. Having not seen the original, I can't speak to this film's faithfulness. However, I found it gripping and beautifully shot. The young actresses playing the daughters were compelling. Loved the ending.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Let Them Eat Cake Jan. 3 2015
By Daly Mavorneen, - Published on Amazon.com
A pointless, predictable, ponderous pantomime of the poison of paternalism, with Bad Daddy vs. Good Daddy facing off at the end (if they'd only had an actual Cage-Travolta-Lecter "Face Off"!). I've yet to see the 2010 orginal Mexican film of the same name, but I'm afraid this funereal hootenanny may have put me off that indefinitely.

About two daughters caught in the undertow of reigious and familial misfires, this is a picture of testosterone in aspic, that leaves one desparate for an imaginative treatment, a risque ritual of rebellion that the girls could have exercised against their father. Instead we’re lured into the promise of a taboo tale, of grand guignol, of a genre grotesque, of which we get absolutely none. Canibalism has never been so tame! Borrowing heavily from more lurid genre spectacle, WAWWE features a family dinner of flesh, much the same as the infamous scene from 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, minus the wit and the gross-out factor. It also contains a flooded pool of muddy human bone fragments like the scene in 1982’s Poltergeist, again, without the menace and the hysterics. It’s obvious the co-writer and director Jim Mickle is disdainful of the demands of the horror genre, so he immediately shows his hand: in the first few frames we get a meat grinder and a missing girl poster—he wants the audience to know what’s going on so they can concentrate on the turgid roll out of on-the-nose arthouse dialogue that tells us what’s transpiring and how we should feel about it, instead of showing the themes in suspensful visuals. Compare this to a current film in theatres and VOD that explores the same subject of obectified fatherhood, Foxcatcher, whose paralyzing portrait of men’s obsession with paternity is a dread-soaked affair that leaves you squirming in your seat, even though you also know what happens at the end before sitting down to watch it (it’s a famous crime story).

Along with the equally idiotic Tusk, this is the second bomb for the great character actor Michael Parks in as many years. He always outshines any material he’s in. Parks is so comfortable on screen and so mesmerizing to watch that he dwarfs all the other actors. Check out a 90’s TV Movie, The China Lake Murders, on Netflix for an absolutely riveting performance by him in a better caper about a pyschopathetic serail-killer cop.

Though the cannibal genre’s offerings have been meager in the last decade(!), I am still eager to see the already finished, but distributorless, Eli Roth cannibal film, The Green Inferno, which has been hailed as ingeniusly gory, festishistically ritualized, blackly humorous and anthropologically insensitive! Now THAT’s a cannibal film off whose menu I can order!

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