We Are Still Here (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Dark Sky Films
After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the New England countryside to try to start a new life. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to overcome their sorrow and fight back against both the living and dead as the malicious ghosts threaten to pull their souls and the soul of their lost son into hell with them. From the producers of The House Of The Devil and Cheap Thrills, WE ARE STILL HERE is a tense, frightening, and thoroughly haunting ghost story.
If by some chance you’ve not heard much on this soon to hit Blu-ray, We Are Still Here, don’t worry, because I’m sure that will change. What director, Ted Geoghegan, offers up is the honest to goodness most scary film I’ve seen this year. The film stars genre favorite, Barbara Crampton, in the role of Anne. Her and her husband (played by Andrew Sensenig) are moving into a new house as they try to get over the death of their son. Soon after the house or something in the house starts acting a bit strange so she calls in her friends (played by Lisa Marie and the awesome Larry Fessenden) for some psychic help. This, of course, just makes things worse. Toss in some strange acting neighbors and some very awesome moments of tension and gore, you could be looking at the very best horror film of 2015. It is a great throwback in a lot of ways. The movie does seem to do a slow build at times, but think Ti West with more focus and purpose in the delivery. The plot has some twists and turns that you might not see coming until they hit you in the face, making it also one of the least predictable movies we’ve seen in the genre in quite some time. All these things come together to make it one of the best movie I’ve in quite some time as well.
While all of the film is totally what I’d call enjoyable, making you chuckle one minute and jump the next, the movie has to be acknowledged for the finale act it gives us. I won’t give anything at all away, but it gets tense and it gets bloody, doing so in a hurry and actually giving us a bit of a satisfying ending, which is rare to find these days. The film was inspired by Lucio Fulchi and it is very easy to tell as much. The creepy house and the weird town around it makes for a very atmospheric horror film that never does make you feel safe while watching. The dread is in the air and the mood is one of the biggest driving forces behind the movie. Great camera work, great gore, great cast, basically we have great everything here as far as I’m concerned. If you like a good and balanced mix between old school and new school horror, then We Are Still Here is the movie for you to see as soon as you can. It might seem like I’m over-hyping this one a bit, but if you don’t believe me just watch this one and see for yourself.
– Commentary with Writer/Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens
– Behind the Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 98%