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Quiet Country Home for Sale… Once Every 30 Years.

A Supernatural Honey New Release Review by Suzanne

We Are Still Here (2015)

If you read my reviews, you know I spend a lot of time complaining about the mediocrity of the supernatural sub-genre of horror. I am consistently underwhelmed by the vast majority of what I watch, so I regularly fall back on older films I think many may not have seen. This week, I finally got what I’ve been waiting for. A supernatural film, which not only fulfills what it promises, it surpasses it. 

Paul and Anne Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensing) move to a rural New England town in an attempt to start a new life after the death of their son. What they don’t know is the house is already occupied by a family of spirits who wake up every thirty years demanding a sacrifice. Paul and Anne will also discover the sleepy town they’re now calling home is harboring a dark secret and will do anything to ensure the house gets what it needs.

Anne reaches out to friends May and Jacob Lewis (Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden), who dabble in spiritual contact, to bring some closure to their situation. Unfortunately, their presence makes the evil a bit more tangible.

I hesitate to reveal anything more because this is a film you need to watch and savor, then watch again because it is THAT good.

We Are Still Here is the vision of first time director, Ted Geoghegan, who also wrote the script. It’s a throwback to films of the 70s, particularly Italian cinema, and, boy, is this done right. If you’re a fan of 70s cinema and/or grew up in any part of the 70s, like me, it’s a time machine. It’s more than obvious how much research and care went into the production of this film, from the costumes to the sets, every minutiae is perfectly captured. Even the exteriors brought me back. I grew up in upstate New York, not too far from where this was shot and I got chills watching the bleak snowy landscapes and the salt covered country roads.

Barbara Crampton is stellar as the grief-stricken Anne. The chemistry between Crampton and Sensing is warm and believable. Unlike most films, which depict couples as distant and removed from each other after such a loss, here Paul and Anne hold tight to one another. While they may disagree on how best to move on, they still support each other. This was a refreshing story element.

Other notable performances are the scene stealing Larry Fessenden, who is impossible to look away from any time he’s in front of the camera, Monte Markham as the creepy neighbor, and ringleader of the town, Dave McCabe.

I love a slow burn with a payoff and this pays off in spades. The last thirty minutes of this film are a roller coaster with some of the best makeup and practical special effects I’ve seen in a long time. Serious kudos to the FX team on this. I didn’t roll my eyes once! In fact, I think I may have yelled, "Holy shit!” a few times during the film’s climax. That’s really saying something.

We Are Still Here is a perfect example of how attention to detail and a love of cinema can bring about something unique and genuinely scary. It may not appeal to the mainstream, but that’s OK because I don’t think that’s who We Are Still Here is made for. This is destined to be a cult classic and I can’t wait to see what Ted Geoghegan has in store for us next.

Support independent film and see this now. It’s available on VOD and in select theaters. For a complete list, check out the film’s official website

Supernatural Honey Rating ~ 4.5 shotgun blasts to the head out of 5

We Are Still Here is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, & Google Play

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