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We Are What We Are (2013)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  25 October 2013 (UK)
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The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Emma Parker (as Kassie DePaiva)
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Hardware Clerk
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Rose Parker
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Iris Parker
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Rory Parker
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Frank Parker
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Marge
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Deputy Anders
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Doc Barrow
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Arlene Stratton
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Mrs. Kimble
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Mr. Kimble
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Sheriff Meeks
Vonia Arslanian ...
Emily Meeks
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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. Written by Entertainment One

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Blood is the strongest bond.

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Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$13,727 (USA) (27 September 2013)

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$76,633 (USA) (25 October 2013)
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"All this damn rain gets in the bones"
19 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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