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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: #24,352 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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11 of 15 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Free to be...you and me. July 28 2014
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
We Are What We Are (Jim Mickle, 2013)

Less than a minute into Jim Mickle's reimagining—one cannot call it a remake with a straight face—of Jorge Grau's fine 2010 film Somos lo que Hay, he has already made it plain to the viewer who has seen the previous film that We Are What We Are is a different movie indeed. The two movies start with the same event; the death of the head of a family. While that death is never explained in the 2010 film (the family gets a visit from the coroner about two-thirds of the way through this version with a cause of death, not that it matters), the two of them are virtually identical in the method in which each family member dies; it starts with a nosebleed, descends quickly into convulsions, and within seconds that person has shuffled off this mortal coil. It is the circumstances surrounding the two deaths that make all the difference. When Papa does in the 2010 film, he is in a large city. He is surrounded by people, yet he is utterly alone and anonymous. (One of the movie's finest, funniest, blackest scenes is the revelation of what happens to him after his death, which takes place in the following minute or so.) In the 2013 film, Emma Parker (Evil Dead II's Kassie DePaiva) is trying to beat a coming storm in a small backwoods town somewhere in Appalachia, frantically grabbing groceries, but still managing to have time to have a conversation with the clerk at the general store. (Yes, this town is small enough to still have a general store.) In the space of a couple of minutes, Jim Mickle has changed the sex of the dying parent and the type of city in which the family lives. This should be creating a string of “what if?”s in the head of any viewer who has seen the original movie. It is to Jim Mickle (Mulberry St.)'s credit that instead of doing this and then trying to shoehorn the rest of the movie into remake territory, he gives us, essentially, an entirely new film based on those “what if?”s. And it is a good one indeed, Jim Mickle's best film to date.

After Emma's death, her husband Frank (Mysterious Skin's Bill Sage), is distraught enough that his daughters, Iris (The Master's Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Martha Marcy May Marlene's Julia Garner), have to step up and take charge. Well, that's the way it looks at first, but here's where those amazing what-ifs start cascading; Emma and her family, it seems, are from a long line that stems from an entirely matriarchal culture, and so Frank is stuck playing second fiddle and, occasionally, enforcer. This is especially the case when the girls' younger brother Rory (Every Secret Thing's Jack Gore in his screen debut) starts to get close to Marge (Top Gun's Kelly McGillis), their nearest neighbor, and the friendship between the two threatens to expose the Parkers' long-held secrets.

Perhaps the biggest change to the original film is when those secrets are revealed. They become obvious in the original film not long after the two children (sons in that one) are forced to take over the family; here, they are held back longer, turned into a Big Reveal(TM). This could be because I've seen the original and am a fan of it, but I didn't think the skeletons in the family's closet were really as big a deal as that would lead one to think; in many ways, that seems to me the weakest link in this otherwise very good film. I hesitate to say that this is the best way to remake a movie, but it is certainly a far sight better than the vast majority of remakes that have been coming out of Hollywood for the past ten or so years. Imaginations ran wild when Mickle and longtime partner in crime Nick Damici were putting this script together, and most everything falls into place pretty nicely; those pieces that had to be forced or shimmed are minor, really, and We Are What We Are is a worthy descendant of the original film that manages to blaze its own trail successfully. *** ½
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
On the slow side but decent Jan. 25 2014
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Parkers are a small-town and seemingly wholesome rural family but they harbor a dark secret. The father, Frank Parker, rules the family consisting of teenage daughters Rose and Iris, and young son Rory, with a puritanical dedication to his family’s legacy. That legacy, dating back to the 1700s, includes the murder and consuming the body of their victim in an annual feast just as any other family would celebrate Thanksgiving.

When Frank’s wife passes away, the responsibly of assisting him with killing the victims now falls to eldest daughter Iris. But she and Rose are hesitant, desiring only to be normal teenagers. As they prepare themselves for their ghoulish feast, the local doctor begins unraveling the clues that will reveal their cannibalistic legacy and lead him to discover what happened to his own daughter who went missing.

We Are What We Are is a slow moving film and despite its subject matter it is extremely light on blood and gore. The film was directed by Jim Mickle who directed the excellent 2010 vampire film “Stake Land”. Like that film, this one also relies heavily on characterization and atmosphere. To that end he employs much of the same cast and crew including actors Kelly McGillis and Nick Damici, Cinematographer Ryan Samul, and composer Jeff Grace. The film has the same somber and often gloomy tone as Stake Land. The killing and eating of the body isn’t done for gruesome effect but rather as a reluctant but respectful almost religious observance of a family tradition. Thus the film never becomes over the top. Might be too slow moving for some horror fans and runs a tad too long but all in all and interesting and very different type of horror film.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Thank you for the sustenance we receive" April 14 2014
By Doug Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Dark, slow but steady film about the apparently normal Parker family, who share a macabre secret ritual. Excellent acting and cinematography bring an immediate realism that really carries this film. WARNING: If gore and grossness get to you, stay away. While WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is not just a constant schlock-fest, there is some pretty disturbing stuff here: Short but graphic scenes of an autopsy, etc.

There's been some debate about whether or not WAWWA is really a horror film, and I would vote a definite "yea" even though the whole mood and atmosphere are different (and better in many ways) than most contemporary horror flicks. There are some elements of suspense, but you know the big "secret" before it's halfway through--the cover also gives a decent hint--so it doesn't exactly work as a mystery. Regardless, the brief flashbacks to the family's ancestors in the 1780s add a great deal.

Though none of the individual elements here are anything that hasn't been done plenty of times before, WAWWA's whole combination of qualities make it a different experience. It's obviously low budget but still far from being another super-amateurish cheapie. The makers of this film did an excellent job with what they had to work with. There are some blank spots--e.g., the body in the water--and a little stronger sense of place would have been nice. At the same time, it's probably better that they don't explain every little thing away.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
You'll Never Eat Lamb Again Dec 23 2013
By D. Arrington - Published on Amazon.com
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I almost didn't watch this due to the negative reviews. I don't think they were deserved, however.
The filming was beautifully done. This is the kind of horror I like....suspense with just the right amount of gore. I had read about the movie this was remade from, so I thought I knew how it would end. I was wrong. I was NOT expecting what actually happened, and I can't help but wonder where it went from there. This movie was FAR from boring. I've never reviewed a movie on Amazon before, but given the limited reviews and the negative rating from some reviewers, I felt compelled to do so.
There are more surprises in store than the last one, though the last was definitely the biggest. If you are a fan of lamb, you might not be after this.

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