Somewhere along the way some idjit decided that "spooky" and "heartwrenching" belonged together. This is not a new thing but it's not something I normally look for in my horror movies. Despite my disgust for the sob story (because I like to pretend that I have the emotional range of a pencil even though I'm the guy that ends up with sinus issues for a week when I watch Rankin-Bass Christmas specials), occasionally one comes along that works.
And that's where 2013's We Are What We Are comes in.
A remake of the Mexican film, Somos lo que hay (2010), the film follows two VERY sheltered teenage girls, Iris and Rose, and their father, an extremely religious man after the death of their mother who has a seizure on the way home from the grocery store in a downpour.. From that point forward, the girls are expected to carry on their mother's religious duties.
Sounds all drama-riffic, right?
|Gosh, CHEST freezers come in handy... Yes, I know it was bad. Sue me.|
But noooooo. Dad has to be all, "I'm the head of the household and your religious leader so you're gonna fast until it's time for the slashy-slashy."
|This guy? Collateral damage. And the local deputy. And boinking a cannibal.|
Seriously, though, this one is dramatic without being melodramatic and it could have easily crossed that line. You feel for the girls even knowing what they are and knowing that THEY know what they are. They want to get out of the life they were handed and it comes down to some pretty drastic measures. Even the smaller parts have some sympathetic qualities. The little brother they want to protect. The local boy that Iris has a crush on. The neighbor (Kelly McGillis) who offers a vegetarian meal (HA!).
|Does it LOOK like we want your damn 5-bean salad?|