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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 »
Blood is the strongest bond.
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 »
7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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
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
Erica Motley .... special thanks
Jeremy Platt .... special thanks

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Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, some sexuality, nudity and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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57 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
What We Are is bored and not scared or thrilled, 26 September 2013
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

A reclusive family prepares for its unique yearly tradition during a torrential rainstorm in We Are What We Are, a horror thriller that provokes neither horror nor thrilled reaction. The movie is paced a little bit too deliberately, and moments that should frighten with their suddenness are telegraphed well ahead of time by way of lingering, loving tracking shots. It's a movie without a message and with a minor- league plot, where solid performances are betrayed by an ungratifying ending and unrealistic (and unexplained) character development.

I wanted so badly to like this movie. It's a horror film, part of a genre that appeals mostly to a particular set of people. Most people don't seem to just sort of tolerate horror movies; they're usually rabid fans or equally opinionated detractors. In any event, the intrigue of what a quiet, religious family in the middle of the woods might be up to attracted me to the film. Even after I discovered their secret (which may be common knowledge by now, but I won't spoil it), I was curious to know more - the family's folklore and what would happen to them by the end of the movie.

The Parker family is led by Frank (Bill Sage), a heavily bearded man of few words, the kind of guy who brooks no disobedience within his family. Very early in the movie, we meet Emma (Kassie DePaiva), Frank's wife, as she visits a local store for some last-minute items before the storm hits. It's soon evident that Mrs. Parker isn't quite right, and she quickly passes. This means that her responsibilities regarding the family's annual Lamb's Day are inherited by the eldest daughter, Iris (Ambyr Childs). Suddenly, Iris and her 14-year-old sister Rose (Julia Garner) are more involved than they have in the past, thus leading to internal doubts while they protect their little brother Rory (Jack Gore).

Part of the suspense is supposed to involve what actually occurs on Lamb's Day. After Emma dies, a beloved book of hers is passed down to Iris, who learns it's been in the family since the 1700s. But most of what Iris reads is not news to her, and after we've heard just a little bit we can quickly grasp the situation. At this point, Iris, Rose, and Rory are presented as wholly sympathetic, unable to disobey their father but still complicit in his and their own actions.

Meanwhile, as the store abates, the local doctor (Michael Parks) makes a discovery in a creek behind his house that begins to lead him toward the Parkers. Soon, law enforcement in the person of Deputy Anders (Wyatt Russell), is involved as well. We know what they've found, and we're able to seamlessly connect the find to what the Parker clan has been up to, so the suspense on that front is neutralized. The only remaining question is whether Frank Parker - and his kids - will emerge unscathed.

Suspenseful movies, when done right, can expertly manipulate one's sense of dread. A tracking shot as a person approaches a closed door, then reaches for the handle; that can be very spine tingling. But similar shots in this movie took so long to develop that it quickly became obvious what was going to happen next, sort of the opposite of what a director would want his audience to feel.

When we do arrive at the concluding scenes of the film, we're met with an ending that's so over the top that it jumps over the line of sanity into full-blown ludicrousness. It just doesn't make sense for some characters to behave one way for 99% of the film and then make a 180- degree turn in the waning moments. This makes for an ending that's not only offbeat and unpredictable (which would be good) but also implausible, irrational, and unintentionally hilarious. In fact, should you make it to the end, I dare you to not laugh at what's supposed to be scary, gross stuff.

The cast itself is very good, particularly Garner, Childs, and Parks; Kelly McGillis is also onboard as a suspecting neighbor and is fine. The only incongruent acting comes from Gore as the young Rory; in one particular scene, he's obviously supposed to be terrified but instead just looks really mad.

We Are What We Are is a movie without a point, with few new wrinkles to a specific subgenre, weighted down by slow-motion pacing and a mostly uneventful plot that culminates in an unlikely, unappealing ending.

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