Note: This We Are What We Are is the American remake/re-imagining, not the Mexican original. I didn't even realize there had been a Mexican original until after I watched this one and read some reviews of it. Apparently they're quite different, except for the basic theme. SPOILERS AHEAD.
The Parkers are your basic reclusive, southern rural, extra-religious family who, despite their strange ways, are accepted in their community (if not exactly embraced). The two teenage girls, Iris and Rose, both of whom are quite pretty in a fragile, pale blonde way, go to the public high school; I at first incorrectly assumed they were home-schooled due to their very old fashioned clothes. When the matriarch of the family collapses while running errands in town, hitting her head and drowning in a rain-swollen ditch, it throws the whole family into turmoil as eldest daughter Iris is expected to take her mother's role in the family's rituals. This includes the killing, butchering and making into dinner of local girls. Iris is troubled by this but not enough to refuse her father's insistence; younger sister Rose rebels, wanting to run away; their little brother, scarcely more than a baby, thinks the girls chained in the basement are "monsters" since they weep and wail and scratch at the door of their cell. Back in town, the sheriff and the local doctor begin to investigate all the missing girls and I'm not going to say any more because I did NOT expect the climactic scene to turn out as it did and want to save it for you.
This is another creepy, atmospheric but not really scary, horror movie. It's smarter than your average B movie but could perhaps use just a little more oomph to perk up the languid pace. It is raining throughout the movie, downpouring at times, and that adds a nice visual to things: damp and dim with smeary outlines, curtains of water hiding things. The family patriarch is quite a disturbing figure but the non-family characters don't get much in the way of development. If you like to be creeped out and disturbed without much gore, We Are What We Are is a good way to spend an hour and a half.
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