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We Are What We Are (2013) ★★★½

We Are What We Are


Blood is the strongest bond.

The Parkers, reclusive people who cling to ancient customs, find their secret lives threatened when a torrential downpour and the death of the family matriarch forces daughters Iris and Rose to assume special responsibilities.


Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner make this an unforgettable movie playing the sisters. Two brilliant performances which add to the powerful ending. Their supporting cast is excellent as well with Bill Sage playing the stearn and overbearing father and Jack Gore playing the creepy young brother. The stifling life that this family is tethered to really brings about this slow-burn gem of quiet horror.

I watched this film mainly because of Julia Garner. After her role in the TV series Ozark, I wanted to see more of her, particularly in horror films. And you could tell from this that she was bound to be one of the best character actresses out there.

I’ll remember We Are What We Are most for its incredibly dark and gothic mood. When it rains, it pours summarizes this family’s downfall quite nicely. This film is definitely rewatchable and one of the better cannibal-themed movies in the genre.

Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)

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