31 Days of Terror - 'We Are Still Here' (2015)
31 Days of Terror will cover a wide array of horror films leading up to Halloween. We'll be posting our thoughts and feelings on some of our favorites every day for the next 31 days. If your favorite doesn't make it, it doesn't mean we don't like it, so speak up in the comments below!
It's likely that a good number of people haven't heard of We Are Still Here; the film didn't have a theatrical release and doesn't have much of a following...yet. I discovered it when I was browsing through the movies and its beautifully conceived cover art caught my eye, I picked it up, skimmed the text on the back and blind-bought it. Best. Blind-buy. Ever. This film completely caught me off guard when I first watched it and it deserves your attention.
We Are Still Here is a bit of a slow-burn at the beginning but more than makes up for it by the time the credits roll. The movie is about a middle-aged husband and wife whose son has passed away. The two move out to a house located near a town that has a sinister secret. Though it's definitely still a straight-up horror film, the movie is infused with a contagious sense humor. I loved how all of the characters deliver there lines with their tongues planted firmly in-cheek, but don't go far enough as to keep you from being immersed in the palpable atmosphere of the film.
The movie immediately envelops you in its snow-covered setting, beautiful photography and excellent practical effects that was all crafted with what I would imagine was a shoe-string budget. Yet, this movie feels larger than a lot of the horror films out there that have had a lot more cash pumped into their productions. This is due to the adept direction from Ted Geoghegan, who really knows how to use every resource to its fullest. The creatures that inhabit the house are like nothing I have seen before and every time they are on-screen; I'm instantly entranced by just how creepy and cool they look.
I mentioned it briefly before, but I love how bat-sh*t crazy this film gets towards the end. The movie shifts gears from atmospheric slow-burn to completely, horrifically bonkers. The rousing, gory finale is applause-worthy.
We Are Still Here encompasses just about everything I love about a great horror film. The actors are fun to watch, the snowy setting is the perfect backdrop, the creatures are lovingly conceived and blood paints the walls in a satisfying fashion. While this film's not for everybody, I'd imagine most fans of the horror genre will find a lot to appreciate and might even end up loving the film like I do.