We Are Still Here (2015)
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden Monte Markham,
Plot: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice.
My Review and Thoughts:
This has all the trademarks of a classic Drive-in, haunting horror film. A classic 80's style spook flick. The dark. Being alone. An abandoned old house. Cellars. Spooky sounds. A dead son, a grieving family. Secrets. A community tale, and whispers. The old farm house, thick with a past. Lights that go out. Doors that shut on their own.
This day and age when the horror world is filled with countless unoriginal realities, such as the tired old found footage, zombies, and possession, a few worthy films pop out. It Follows, Headless, The Canal, and I feel that, We Are Still Here is another great example of fun, horror. Classic style, retro Drive-in, Midnight horror. Fun, spooky noises, over the top and B-grade wonderment of horror cinema.
This stars the beautiful and fantastic, Barbara Crampton. She plays the main lead, Anne. She adds the emotional, scared style character that feels, something is wrong. Crampton is a true horror acting legend. Always wonderful to see. Her talent has spanned many years in the horror world, from such classics like, Re-animator, Chopping Mall, From Beyond, Castle Freak. Most recently in modern classics, Lords of Salem and You're Next. Also starring as your main lead, a constant performer Andrew Sensenig. He plays the husband Paul. Paul is the logical one, or the skeptic. The one who doesn't believe in his wife’s senses and spooky talk. Also starring Lisa Marie as the character, May. May is friends with Paul and Anne. May is the spiritualist. Anne calls her in, to look over the house. She brings along her husband Jacob. A stoned hippy style character played by, the all-time great, and wonderful Larry Fessenden. Larry is an all time guru of cinema, actor, writer, producer and director, and everything else. Always a constant treat to see. This also has two performers that have been acting in TV and Film for many years, from the 60’s to the present. The wonderful Susan Gibney, who has had a long running acting experience in many popular TV series.
Also the wonderful Monte Markham. Markam starting acting in the 60’s and is still going strong today. Always a treat to see actors and actresses that have been around the many realities of cinema both small and large over the years.
Anne the wife has that classic moment investigating strange noises in the creepy old cellar, I was like: "Bitch, you is crazy."
Nice sound effects. Creepy music. Dynamic music score to add all the tension and fear. Composer Wojciech Golczewski is making a name for himself. Love his style. First started noticing his talent from the 2014 film, Late Phases, which also is an equally fun horror film. Golczewski can truly make a statement in his music, and We Are Still Here is a prime example of it. The atmosphere of the music and the film has a classic sense of dread, and a coming nightmare of the 70's and 80's style horror. That is what makes this film stand out the most to me, is the overall style of horror that I grew up with in the 80's.
If you look at some of the surroundings, you can sense some of the great moments in horror history. Or at least my mind saw them. The cellar, the hole in the wall, reminded me of Fulci's The Beyond. Also you can pick up on moments of H.P. Lovecraft. I also sensed the dread of Night of the Living Dead, from the farm house.
Directed and co-written by Ted Geoghegan. What I find so so amazing is, this is, his first feature film as director, and for that reason, I am amazed. He did a stellar job. Directed a solid classic style horror film. This has an old school horror written all over it. A wonderful late night, Ghoul hosted, Midnight screening B-grade horror film.
Huge shout out, to the make-up, and special effects, and visual effects departments. Great special effects, gore and makeup, which all are truly high class.
Pure fun, Drive-in style, horror entertainment.