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We Are What We Are [2013]: A dark tale of Cannibalism.

“It is with love that I do this. God’s will be done.”


After some stupendous nights with “Hannibal” (TV series), I was really obsessed with cannibalism. I was looking for something similar to the genre when I came across “We are What we Are”. I must say it’s not like Hannibal, there is a lot of depth in the story line and this Jim Mickle film deals with something more awkward than the TV show. If you are looking for a good horror flick with bloodbath and a bunch of jump scares, stay away from this one. It’s a kind of movie which only a few people will appreciate while it slowly and steadily gets under their skin.

The movie centers around the Parkers who live in a small town. The family consists of the father, mother and their two girls and a boy. The Parkers seem decent and normal but after the tragic death of the mother in a rainstorm who was suffering from a rare disorder of prion disease, we come to know about some hidden truths about the family and their century old tradition and rituals, which include Cannibalism. The downside is, the rituals can only be done by the women of the family. So after the death of the mother the responsibility comes to the elder daughter Iris. Frank (the father) is very proud of their tradition and doesn’t want to stop it, just because his wife died. Unlike their father, Iris and Rose (the younger daughter)  are not enthused with this tradition. But because of Frank’s constant persuasion, they get ready to follow his ordeals.  Meanwhile, a local doctor called Barrow and a deputy Anders (who also has a crush on Iris from school days) starts investigating about the missing persons from the locality after finding a bone fragment in a creek. The film is about The family and how far they can go to preserve their century old rituals.


We are What we Are is a remake of a 2010 Mexican film of the same name. This psychological thriller is more than a satisfying experience of horror genre. This movie shows how simply you can attract the audience without sudden shocks and fake blood. The entire film is filled with dampness and the way the director has handled the chilling atmosphere, its astounding to say the least. It was so calm, so gentle, so silent that it  unknowingly gets under your skin. It can be because of the powerful performances of the cast and the very impressive thorough sound design. I wasn’t aware of the rituals at the beginning and I’m still not aware of them, but I think these hidden things and back stories make the movie even more appreciable. The goose-bumping climax would have made this a good horror film but shaky climax made it excellent. The intense background score was like cherry on the pie thing.

Bill Sage as Frank was the finest among the actors. His silent looks were phenomenal. His eyes were talking and that hand tremor was a watchable thing. Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner as Iris and Rose respectively did a splendid job. They were quite inventive in the final act of the film. Parks as Dr. Barrow was decent.
Jim Mickle’s direction was fascinating. It was worth a mention how good he composed each and every scene. Ryan Samul’s low light shots were brilliant. Jim’s editing was decent, though some scenes felt like they could have used a better mending hand.


All in all “We Are What We Are” is a treat for the Horror genre fans. It’s dark, it’s calm and it’s a bit insane. Some will complain about the pace of the movie, but I think that the pace makes a movie like this even more chilling and more interesting. It’s worth a watch.


Author: Rupam Mozumder

Rupam is a Mathematics graduate. Currently preparing for Central Government Services. He loves to watch movies and likes to study  them too. He has a weakness  for psychological thrillers. Fond of western classical music, he admires the works of Beethoven and Mozart. He is almost mad about Satyajit Ray and considers him an Inspiration. He is an ardent reader too.

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