We Are Still Here (2015) – Raw Review

Anyone who enjoys small mystery, dark undercurrents and a shit-ton of gore will want to see We Are Still Here.

 

Set in the wintery fields of New England, a grieving couple purchase an old house that’s remained unoccupied for 30 years. A house that wakes up every 30 years to feed.

Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan has made a very good film here. A creepy and gore filled tale that has is extremely flavourful and engaging. What begins as a standard ghost story turns out to be a much darker and violent ride through the house’s history. There is a bit of set-up early on but the patience shown on the part of Geoghegan pays off in spades when the action kicks in.

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Exceptionally good performances by the veteran cast keep things interesting as the malevolent force works it’s way out of the shadows. It’s not surprising considering the amazing and genre savvy talent in the film. Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator, From Beyond), Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks!, Tales of Halloween), and Larry Fessenden (Stake Land, I Sell the Dead, Jug Face).

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What did surprise me about the movie is how economical it turns out to be. There isn’t a lot of extraneous dialogue or overly long shots. Either it’s very tightly scripted or was edited with some skill, or both. While watching We Are Still Here my mind kept drifting back to It Follows. Not because of similarities in story, but because both films use tightly filmed stationary shots of the environment to full effect. In this film, Ted Geoghegan’s superior cinematography is used to wrap this small but devious tale inside a beautiful landscape. A landscape that contrasts sharply with the boiling hot viciousness lurking within the film’s main location.

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Don’t go thinking this is a slow, boring ghost story. We Are Still Here packs a violent, blood and guts punch. Coupled with some really well handled visual effects, the gore does a fabulous job of relating just how horrible and cosmic the antagonistic force is, and what it is prepared to do to the souls who dare enter its house.

Highly recommended.

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