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We Are What We Are (2013)

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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.


Jim Mickle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Traci Hovel ... Mrs. Kimble
Nat DeWolf ... Mr. Kimble
Nick Damici ... Sheriff Meeks
Vonia Arslanian ... Emily Meeks
Larry Fessenden ... Bearded Tenant


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Blood is the strongest bond.


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Based on the screenplay "Somos Lo Que Hay" by Jorge Michel Grau. See more »


When the TV in the kitchen shows a news/weather alert for the storm, the caption on the broadcast spells Delaware as "Delware". The announcer on the broadcast clearly says Delaware. See more »


Marge: I heard somebody down in the shed earlier.
Iris Parker: It must've been daddy. He's the only one allowed down there. Ever.
Marge: Well, it sounded like a girl crying.
Iris Parker: I don't know what you think you heard, but you must be mistaken.
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Remake of We Are What We Are (2010) See more »


Cambridge Town
Written and Performed by Nick Garrie
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A dull set-up prevents this movie from leaving the lingering impact it could have.
11 June 2016 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

We Are What We Are is a brooding slow burn with little to no jump scares and disturbing subject matter, specifically cannibalism. Believe me when I say I really wanted to love this movie. Sadly, the first two acts of this movie are a chore. I fell asleep the first time around the 20-minute mark my first watchthrough. It begins with a family tragedy and shows their subsequent grieving period. This family has a secret but it's established early on so we're just watching them do stuff. It's a way to develop the characters and set the mood, sure, but it completely failed to grip my attention. You know where the movie is going right off the bat. It shows its hand too quickly and doesn't gain any momentum until the final act.

The third act is enjoyable, though. It's thrilling, tense, borderline silly at times but all in good fun. The problem is whether it's worth the wait. Like waiting in line for five hours for a roller coaster ride and you finally get on and have a good time, but was the wait really worth the few moments of enjoyment? Honestly, it's entirely up to you. The movie certainly has its perks. The acting is excellent across the board, the daughters in particular, and the cinematography is superbly crafted to give you the eerie vibe necessary to pull off this subject matter. Production value wise, We Are What We Are is quality stuff.

I'd recommend it to horror buffs, specifically those who prefer a slow burn over cheap jump scares. We Are What We Are just happens to be the particular slow burn that's slow to the point that it produces more of a flicker than a flare.

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Margaretville, New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,727, 29 September 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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