We Are What We Are is one of the best, and certainly one of the scariest, American horror/folklore films to come along in quite some time. The movie tells the tale of the Parker family, a quiet and lovely folk living their lives in America’s beautiful northeast, who have this neat little tradition where once a year they get together and eat another human being.
Cannibalism, finally bringing families together.
The film kicks off with poor mom kicking it, meaning that whole capturing, killing and cooking a free-range human thing that she used to do is now the responsibility of her daughters. And it’s safe to say they’re a little bit conflicted about the whole thing. Oh, and did we mention mom died of Kuru disease, an incurable little disorder that is only caused when you decide to gobble up other persons, meaning that the jig may be up for the Parkers?
The film is beautifully paced, beautifully shot and, most notably, beautifully acted by a cast that includes Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Kelly McGillis (yes friends, that Kelly McGillis), Kassie DePavia and Michael Parks. And the script, a reimagining of the Mexican horror film Somos Lo Que Hay, written by Nick Damici (who also has a small role as a local cop with an awesome mustache) and director Jim Mickle, has what we can assure you is an ending that no audience could ever seen coming. Like for real friends, this is a straight up screaming things at the movie screen and violently jerking your body around sort of ending.
So, with We Are What We Are set to release in NYC and L.A. tomorrow, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the film’s director and writer Mickle, actor and writer Damici, and two leads, Sage and Garner (who some may recall also appeared together as a father and daughter with far more sensible eating habits in last year’s Electrick Children), to talk about this tense little thriller (well, as much as they could without giving anything away), and just how one gets in the mindset to play a cannibal. And while Sage is incredible as the patriarch of this truly omnivorous family, a character we have never seen from the star of films like American Psycho and Simple Men, it is 18-year-old Garner who steals every scene she is in as the family’s very conflicted youngest daughter, Rose. Having already made her mark with roles in films like Martha Marcy May Marlene (which actually shot just a few towns over from We Are What We Are), The Perks of Being A Wallflower and Not Fade Away, this youngin’ is going places.
Check out our interviews above, the full trailer below, and a few of the film’s rave reviews here.