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We Are What We Are -- Behind closed doors, the seemingly whole Parker family is ruled by a patriarch determined to keep his ancestral customs intact. As a torrential rainstorm hits their town, authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for years.
We Are What We Are -- Clip: We've Always Done It
We Are What We Are -- Director Jim Mickle takes us behind-the-scenes of the psychological thriller 'We Are What We Are', centered on a reclusive family with a gruesome secret.
We Are What We Are -- Clip: You Can Tell Me
We Are What We Are -- Clip: I Heard Someone in the Shed

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Release Date:
25 October 2013 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Blood is the strongest bond.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Horror/Drama with Strong Performances and a Great Visual Style See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kassie Wesley DePaiva ... Emma Parker (as Kassie DePaiva)

Laurent Rejto ... Hardware Clerk

Julia Garner ... Rose Parker

Ambyr Childers ... Iris Parker

Jack Gore ... Rory Parker

Bill Sage ... Frank Parker

Kelly McGillis ... Marge

Wyatt Russell ... Deputy Anders

Michael Parks ... Doc Barrow

Annemarie Lawless ... Arlene Stratton

Traci Hovel ... Mrs. Kimble

Nat DeWolf ... Mr. Kimble

Nick Damici ... Sheriff Meeks
Vonia Arslanian ... Emily Meeks

Larry Fessenden ... Bearded Tenant

Odeya Rush ... Alyce Parker

Joel Nagle ... Mathias Parker

Reagan Leonard ... Alyse's Mother

I.N. Sierros ... Coach Stratton
Tyler Barden ... Counter Man
Lea Kwiecinski ... Waitress

Jack Turner ... Officer T.J. Turner
Zombie ... Doc Barrow's Dog
Kidd ... Marge's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Aaronson ... Townsperson
Lorenzo Beronilla ... Town Laborer
Hollis Gilstrap ... Townsperson
Joe James ... Pickup Truck Driver
Eric Stanze ... Radio Weatherman (voice)

Directed by
Jim Mickle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Damici 
Jorge Michel Grau  an original screenplay
Jim Mickle 

Produced by
Rene Bastian .... executive producer
Rodrigo Bellott .... producer
Andrew Corkin .... producer
Brett Fitzgerald .... executive producer
Emilie Georges .... executive producer
Nicholas Kaiser .... co-producer
Tanja Meissner .... executive producer
Linda Moran .... producer
Lizz Morhaim .... line producer
Mo Noorali .... executive producer
Jacob Pechenik .... executive producer
Nick Shumaker .... producer (as Nicholas Shumaker)
Jack Turner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
Darren Morris (co-composer)
Phil Mossman (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
Ryan Samul 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Mickle 
 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
 
Production Design by
Russell Barnes 
 
Art Direction by
Ada Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel R. Kersting 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Vastola  (as Liz Vastola)
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... makeup department head
Brian Spears .... special makeup effects artist
Cynthia Vanis .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Stephanie Blackwood .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Ciccarella .... first assistant director
Darryl Prevost .... second second assistant director
Eric Stanze .... second unit director
Melinda Ziyadat .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Stephen Caputo .... assistant set decorator
Alan Dickson .... on-set dresser
Nicole Heffron .... assistant set decorator
Janelle Jones .... set dresser
Jessie Katz .... property master
Andrew Keck .... art department assistant
Grant McKenna II .... art department assistant
Tansy Michaud .... graphic artist
Bridget Rafferty .... assistant property master
Brian Spears .... propmaker
Amy Teitter .... additional set dresser
 
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... adr editor
Linzy Elliot .... adr recordist
Linzy Elliot .... sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Max Greene .... sound effects editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Ryan .... foley editor
Tom Ryan .... foley mixer
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
Jerrell Suelto .... sound editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... adr mixer
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound editor
Dmitry Volovik .... boom operator
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
 
Special Effects by
Pete Gerner .... special effects
Steve Saturn .... special effects assistant
Brian Spears .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
 
Stunts
Jared Burke .... stunts
Stefanie Flores .... stunt double
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Boothe .... 2nd unit DP/B camera operator
Nekoro Bunsie .... additional electric
Brett Checkelsky .... second assistant camera
Blaine Chou .... swing
Keagan Fuller .... electrician
Dan Gartner .... gaffer
Corey Gegner .... first assistant camera
Steven McLaurin .... second assistant camera
Zachary Miller .... digital imaging technician
Peter Milmoe .... best boy electric
Bert Montanari .... best boy grip
Filipp Penson .... first assistant camera
John Shim .... key grip
Joe Wannemacher .... additional grip
Christopher Washington .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Anita Casamassima .... background casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brittany Agnew .... costume assistant
Jessica Bergstrom .... stitcher
Samantha Hawkins .... assistant costume designer
Amrita Kundu .... costume assistant
Brian Turpin .... tailor
Amanda Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Milan Boncich .... colorist
Aaron Crozier .... assistant editor
Carolyn Cury .... digital intermediate administration
Kevin Kaim .... digital intermediate editor
Megan Marquis .... digital intermediate coordinator (as Megan Milnes)
 
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Jeff Grace .... composer: theme music
Andy Noble .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Ainsley Bartholomew .... production accountant
Nick Bibbo .... production assistant
Cynthia Chou .... production coordinator
Nate Della Ratta .... assistant location manager
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Kara Janeczko .... location manager
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Sarah Karas .... assistant production coordinator
Brynn Moody .... production intern
James O'Connor .... production assistant
Alissa Ott .... production intern
Angel Martinez Paredes .... production assistant
Stephan Prevost .... production assistant
Brandon Regina .... production assistant
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Missy Weeks .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Erica Motley .... special thanks
Jeremy Platt .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, some sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime:
105 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (2013) | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Germany:16 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:18 (edited for re-rating) | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Continuity: The dungeon door's window bars were removed each time the camera looked through it. Four wide vertical bars were visible in approach and open door shots.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Horror/Drama with Strong Performances and a Great Visual Style, 23 May 2014
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

In my recent horror movie craving, I came across WE ARE WHAT WE ARE after seeing a few brief mentions of it when it premiered at Cannes in 2013. I'd forgotten all about it until I saw it sitting on the shelf at my local department store and couldn't remember what it was that had interested me in it in the first place, but I figured I'd give it a go. I refreshed myself on the premise and settled in for the movie, soon finding myself pleasantly surprised. It was nothing like I expected, and this turned out both good and bad. But first, a little information about the premise: the film is a remake of a 2010 Mexican horror film that I was unfamiliar with, and it follows a family known as the Parkers. Living in a small town somewhere in America, the Parkers generally keep to themselves. Their neighbors seem to know very little about them but view them as a pleasant little family. As a massive storm batters the town, the family matriarch dies and the father, Frank (Bill Sage), is left to care for three children: Iris (Ambyr Childs), Rose (Julia Garner), and young Rory. Their mother's death couldn't have happened at a worse time, as the family is approaching time for one of their more unusual traditions: Lamb's Day. As the family's disturbing secrets are revealed, the town's doctor (Michael Parks) finds a clue that might lead to information on his daughter's disappearance and his investigation leads him a little to close to the Parker's family tradition.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a tough call. There are a lot of elements I liked but there was a bit that put me off. For starters, the pacing is nothing like what I expected. I don't know exactly what I thought the movie was going to be, but I sure didn't believe it to be a slow-burning, high-tension horror piece. In what I expect is a major complaint from others, the movie is very slowly paced. There are a lot of long shots seemingly used to highlight the film's dark atmosphere. It's a very high contrast film with very little actual color. There should be no complaints about the film's cinematography from Ryan Samul; if anything in the movie is pulled off near perfectly, it's the moody lighting and muted colors that give the movie a very defined style. So I can understand why so much effort was made to utilize it, but even the dialogue is delivered in such a way to make the movie feel longer than it is. There are a lot of quiet moments and, when anyone speaks, it's generally in hush tones. Everyone here is muttering as if every word spilling from their mouths is a dark secret (though I guess some of it is). It all results in a very dreary movie and it's hard to get excited about something so depressing. Actually, that's probably the perfect way to describe the feel of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: depressing.

But that doesn't mean it's not a good movie, even if it does leave you feeling sort of drained by the end. The performances in the movie are actually really, really good. The film's four main stars…Sage, Childers, Garner, and Parks…are great. Frank Parker (Sage) is a man set in his ways. Lamb's Day is a tradition that's been carried out in his family for generations and he will continue to abide. He never once questions his actions or what he is putting his family through. As far as he's concerned, this is God's will. The sisters, Iris and Rose, realize that what their doing is monstrous. Their minds are a little more modern and they recognize exactly what they're doing and how wrong it is. But Iris, the eldest daughter, has the responsibility to see it through and she agrees to continue to appease her father while quietly hoping she'll be gone before the next time she's called upon to perform her duties. Rose, on the other hand, wants out and she wants out now. She wants nothing to do with it and, more importantly, she wants to save her little brother from falling into their father's insane beliefs. Michael Parks as Doc Barrow is a nice addition as well. I've never really seen him in such an expanded role and a film as gloomy as this seems perfect for his tense, deliberate line delivery.

The performances and the cinematography are so well done that it helps forgive the film's snail pacing. Then there's a bizarre climactic final sequence to close the movie that goes completely against all the mood and atmosphere building of the previous hour and a half to blast the audience with some shock value that doesn't quite sit right within the film. I can sort of see what the filmmakers were going for but that doesn't stop it from coming across a little too amusingly, especially in execution. I won't spoil it here but I would recommend giving WE ARE WHAT WE ARE a viewing to find out for yourself. It's an engaging horror/drama with a strong cast and a great sense of style that overcomes it's few flaws, and it'd work well as entertainment for a quiet night rental.

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