Trailer: Jim Mickle’s eerie reimagining of “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE”Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
STAKE LAND director Jim Mickle and co-writer/actor Nick Damici have recrafted Jorge Michel Grau’s excellent Mexican cannibal film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE . Once a story about masculinity and extreme poverty, Mickle and Damici have transported the tale to the U.S. and made a worthy companion, finding their own themes and aesthetic throughout. Both that picturesque American Gothic and the strong undercurrent of American tradition are on display in the film’s first trailer.
In WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, the rural Parker family loses their matriarch in an illness and weather-spurred tragedy. It’s the weekend of an annual religious ritual however, and the now-in-charge Iris (Ambyr Childers) and her younger sister Rose (Julia Garner, ELECTRICK CHILDREN) must grapple with whether to break tradition, a forceful hurricane and a neighbor who’s begun to uncover their secret.
I loved WE ARE WHAT WE ARE out of Sundance and still think it’s one of the best horror films this year. EOne releases this grim, beautiful picture on September 27. IGN premiered the trailer. For more, see Fango’s review and the film’s official Facebook.