HAPPY MONDAY!! Is your Yule log ready to burn?? Are your stockings hung with care?? WAIT – your stockings should be on your feet, silly! Today we present my thoughts on a movie that I REALLY liked – WE ARE WHAT WE ARE – a remake of a 2010 Mexican job that I reviewed HERE. I would only love it if you clicked that link and read that because I had a lot of fun with that write-up and I think only two people have ever looked at it. If you don’t feel like looking at that or have the time or just want me to shut up there’s this: I liked it but didn’t love it and remember that it was mostly filmed in a dark house or out in the night so I had trouble making out (hush!) what was going on so it was a little difficult to watch. But that’s not the case with this new one – this was FANTASTIC, well shot, well lit, the score was extremely compelling and I loved the way they changed the story up for the new one. If you’re not familiar, this is about a family of people who eat other people but it’s not all “Wrong Turn” eating – it’s very tastefully done and this movie rocked so much I watched it twice before my rental expired. Bravo people!
In the Mexican one, the dad dies in the opening scene and he was always the one who went out and got food (people) so everyone could have their supper, so the family struggles to figure out who is going to provide dinner next. In this one, they swap it up and through a series of well done flashbacks we learn that, back in the late 1700s, a family of settlers were looking for a place to live and got caught up in a snowstorm. Huddled in a cave, the dad of the group and some other dude went out looking for an army outpost and something to eat and the dad eventually came back with some meat. So, they ate it like scavenging dogs and later on we learn that it was human meat and, well, the family just kept on eating human meat generation through generation up to today’s family in the movie we’re looking at. That’s just what they do.
Have you ever lived in a small town? Have you ever been to one? In most instances where I have been / lived – tradition is tradition and home is home and you do what your granddaddy did whether you believe in it or not and this captures that perfectly, without getting into bullshit redneck caricatures or idiotic Hollywood producers trying to do an American Southeast story where the characters are straight out of fucking Hee Haw. Once a year, according to tradition, the Matriarch of the family – er – harvests some food and they feast. That’s how it goes. Family is family and blood is the bond. In this one, the mom dies early (from a rare disease that one develops from eating human flesh) so it’s up to the girl with the longer hair below to provide sustenance.
I thought the acting in this was excellent and, being two young girls, they really have a problem with having to kill their food. I LOVED the way they did this whole bit. Oh – and speaking of acting, how about Michael Parks??? Is this guy a stud or what??? Anyway, in the first one – someone finds a finger or something in the dead dad’s stomach during his autopsy (which I thought was lame) but they skip that shit in here and the reason the family comes under suspicion is very well thought out and believable. Parks plays the small town doctor whose daughter went missing and when he comes across a finger bone out by the creek, he’s all over it.
Looking at this on IMDB, I see a bunch of people griping about the ending. being an open minded guy, I can see some people being disappointed in how everything went down, but I actually kind of liked it. I’m not going to spoil it and, if you’ve seen it, please don’t spoil in the comments but – you’re backed into a fucking corner like that, what else can you do?? It worked for me and – if you’re heading into a big holiday break from work, I think this is totally worth your time. I loved it.
For another positive take on this, check out our man Joseph’s thoughts HERE.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow because we’ve got a GREAT Christmas present for you on Christmas Eve!!