Just when you think it is safe to discredit haunted house movies, somebody has to come and make you rethink your stance. “We Are Still Here” is that movie and is a film that I place next to films like ‘The Babadook” and “It Follows” in terms of redefining the current state of horror. It is a world apart from he legion of generic haunted house films that are currently being churned out.
Normally this is the part where I would give a short synopsis of the film, but this is one of those cases where the less you know the more you will enjoy. All you need to know is that some residents of a house in New England step into some shit with some paranormal bastards that demand a sacrifice.
“We Are Still Here” is in the same odd vein as early Italian horror films that were made famous by Mario Bava and Dario Argento. The atmosphere is fat with the same kind of horror that made those films so awesome and at no time feels cheap or contrived to achieve that impact.
Everyone of the actors is excellent in their roles. But the addition of Babara Crampton and Larry Fessenden and being able to see them on screen together, seriously feels like something I could scratch off my bucket list. Larry Fessenden should be in everything from now on till forever. The dude is awesome.
In cases like this you can sense the love for the genre embedded in the films DNA. It isn’t afraid to scare the hell out of you and then turn around and hit you with something funny and then slap you with some emotional bits.
The last 15 minutes of “We Are Still Here” flat out kicks ass. It takes all the devices that it used throughout and mixes them all together to create a nightmarish bolt of concentrated horror. Like all cult classic horror films this one approaches old ideas from new angles and makes it work.
This is director Ted Geoghegan’s first foray into the directors chair for a feature, but it isn’t his first rodeo when it comes to his involvement as a producer in the genre. All that time around great horror movies caused Geoghengan’s first film to feel like a love letter to some really great Italian horror films and the genre as a whole.
One of the best things about “We Are Still Here” is the direction that the actors take. Everything feels slightly off the entire time. Kinda like a half-step in music, this film uses that off timing to create a disorienting feeling. That feeling is what leads to a lot of the films greatest moments.
“We Are Still Here” is a must see for hardcore horror fans, those of us that know what notes it is successfully lending itself to. “We Are Still Here” is one of the best horror films of 2015 and shouldn’t be missed. You can currently find it on VOD services.