Thursday, June 12, 2014

Post Mortem: We Are What We Are

     A gruesome tale of cannibalism in the face of starvation, turned into a family tradition. This film has it all: thrills, suspense, gore and even flash scares that'll leave you as breathless as the ghost behind your back. A truly terrifying tale, I enjoyed it through and through, adding director Jim Mickle to my list of people to follow in cinema.

     The father, one Frank Parker, raises his two daughters to help him capture people and hold them down in their cellar until the time is right to "harvest" them. The harvest itself is never shown in too fine detail, but the acts leading up to it are enough to send chills even down my spine. Chains lashed to wrists pulling a figure into a Christ-like pose before an axe is brought down upon them, ending their life so that the lives of others can live on. The religious metaphors are pretty heavy in this film so if that is something that you dislike, stay away.

All we want to do is eat your brains!

     The two daughters, Rose and Iris Parker realize after their first kill that they can no longer go through with the evil acts they are performing, and attempt to poison their father so they can escape with their little brother Rory. The plot fails, of course, and the father goes on a murderous rampage to get his family back in line, sitting them all down to have them eat the poisoned meal, together. The two girls flip out and tackle him after he is shot and consume him raw, ripping away great strips of flesh so that they can kill their oppressive father and get away from all of the bloodshed.
     Now there is a whole bunch of middle that I skipped, but I want you to experience it for yourself. Go onto Netflix and pull this movie up and give it a try. You won't regret it.

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