WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: THE DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

At Salty Popcorn there are a couple of us that text the group as soon as the credits have completed to give a quote on the film viewed. It is as we would like our quote on the film’s poster or advertising in the paper. It is also quite fun. You get your immediate thoughts shared at the exact mood you are in when the film ends. There are surprises like me liking the Bieber movie, there are amazing films that the reviewer just loathed and then there are the bizarre left of centre films that come out of nowhere. Like this film for example – below the poster is my quote to Kernel’s Andrew and Dara after reviewing this on DVD last night. Thanks to our friends at ENTERTAINMENT ONE HOPSCOTCH we have 5X copies of the DVD to giveaway, see below on how to enter.

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, US VERSION, REVIEW, TRAILER, HORROR, Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore, Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – MOVIE POSTER

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, one fucked up cannibalism film. Miserable, there needed to be banjos and pigs squealing, I feel like some fucking human stew now. JK

I really want to see the Mexican original from 2010 that this one is a direct remake of, the images for the original look markedly more gruesome. I really like the story for them. One twisted generational family that has made it religious to feast on human flesh due to their ancestors. I truly do not know the reason as to why, either I missed it or it was a weak reason, basically their ancestors were freezing and stuck in a wasteland and someone disappeared and the connection was made that this person was more than likely eaten, but I do not find this a religious reason to continue – those people off the plane in ALIVE never returned to regularly devour bumsicles.

Anyway, the film is taking place during horrendous floods that are washing away a lot of things and unearthing a lot more things. Like bones, for example, that are washing down stream. People have gone missing over the years in this town and surrounding towns and this discovery of bones is leading some people to start looking upstream which brings them to the Parker residence.

This is not your average horror film, it is oppressive, smouldering, gothic, intelligent and void of most Hollywood horror cliches. It moves so slow and so creepy at the start I was starting to get bored, my usual Hollywood film requirements were not being met but then I realised why, it is brilliant execution and just downright horrid and creepy. It is made like eating a bowl of human stew, you put your fork or spoon in the bowl, you stir it around, you feel nauseous and then eventually you take a bite and want to vomit constantly. Like this film, it slowly builds, and is just saturated in morbid tones and scenes, it drains you but this then transforms into the horror it truly is. This entire film is worth it for the final 15mins but the success of the entire film cannot be realised until you get there.

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, US VERSION, REVIEW, TRAILER, HORROR, Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore, Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers and Jack Gore all hugging in bed

 

I could never really see this getting a commercial cinema release, besides the delightful topic of cannibalism I do not find the leads known enough, they have never really led before and for me none of them were known. All of them have been around for a while just not leading. Bill Sage, the father and patriarch of the film was in Boardwalk Empire but dates back to bit parts in things like Mysterious Skin and American Psycho. Julia Gardner was in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Last Exorcism Part 2. Ambyr Childers was in 2 Guns, The Master and Gangster Squad. Between them they are a spooky and powerfully casted family. For me Garnder stole the show. The youngest daughter has some great scenes and just that hair of hers, it is nearly a character in itself.

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, US VERSION, REVIEW, TRAILER, HORROR, Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore, Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – JULIA GARNER as ROSE and AMBYR CHILDERS as IRIS being bloody creepy

 

I really liked Michael Parks as Doc Barrow, he is one actor that has been around forever, with films dating back to the 60s. His face is recognisable and he has that old character country comfort to him. What was damn odd for me was that he performed the autopsy on Emma Parker for some reason when bones washed up in the river he could not identify a damn finger bone – huge hole in the plot right there. And boy do I feel sorry for Deputy Anders – that is no way for a man to check out! The other thing that let me down, a couple of scenes with the young son Rory Parker (Jack Gore). He had some great scenes but then some of them are really bad and the director did not get his eyes to look where they are supposed to, minor grievance really.

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, US VERSION, REVIEW, TRAILER, HORROR, Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Jack Gore, Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW – JULIA GARNER as ROSE and AMBYR CHILDERS as IRIS being bloody creepy

 

The director, Jim Mickle, has brought us two other films that I must admit to never seeing. Mulberry St and Stake Land. He does a remarkable job with such a dark topic. I loved that it steered away from the horror usual, but then again, he was copying and Americanising a Mexican film.

As I have said, this film is worth it for an ending you will never see coming. Quite the enjoyable cannibalism film, if you can actually say that 🙂  Hopscotch Entertainment One is releasing WE ARE WHAT WE ARE on DVD and Digital (sorry no Blu Ray in Australia – obtain from Europe if you want our region code) on Wednesday 19th February. It runs for a nauseating 102mins and is easily an R Rated film.

 

4 Pops

 

With special thanks to ENTERTAINMENT ONE HOPSCOTCH  to win one of the 5 x copies on DVD of  WE ARE WHAT WE ARE you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite “food” film of all time and why?  The more interesting and entertaining the answer the better. Please also note, the writers love their work appreciated or acknowledged so feel free to comment on the actual review and not just comment to win a prize 🙂

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jkdigitaldesigns@gmail.com telling me you don’t have social media :)

Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent in the next week. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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