Just in case you didn’t get your fill of the horror genre recently with films like The Conjuring and You’re Next, there no need to fret as next month sees the release of Jim Mickle’s horror-thriller We Are What We Are, a film that premiered earlier this year at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.
Before we go any further, take a brief look at the non-spoilerish synopsis:
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 ferver, 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.
The trailer, which presents a wonderfully creepy atmosphere, does a good job of keeping the secret on the down-low. Some might be able to guess what it is, while others on the internet have already blabbed about it, but at least you can get a good sense of what the film will be like without having it spoiled for you outright.
As I mentioned earlier, the film has already played at Cannes and Sundance, but what I didn’t mention yet is that the reviews have been almost universally positive thus far. It’s been called “a refreshingly mature genre entry that plants queasy dread and unleashes a good dose of scares,” and “a great yarn, well-acted, elegantly shot and put together cleverly so that even its more visceral delights feel well-earned.”
For fans of the genre, this particular nugget should be especially pleasing: “This will, without question, be one of the best horror films of 2013.” From the trailer alone, it looked like it was worth taking a look, but the positive buzz around it just makes it even more so.
We Are What We Are, which stars Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Jack Gore, Michael Parks and Kelly McGillis, hits theaters in a limited release on September 27th.
What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below and let us know in the comments!