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Check out the first trailer for “Stake Land” director Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are”, a remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican film of the same name about a strange little family and their, er, strange eating habits. Mickle’s movie certainly looks way more gritty, not to mention uber depressing, as he seems to be going for less of an action-heavy approach to the story. Which is a real surprise. Usually American remakes of foreign films crank up the action/horror, while the original is a slow-burn affair. Not so in this case. Go figure.
As they say, a family that eats together … well, you know the rest.
A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules the roost with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. The most important task the girls face is putting meat on the table— but not the kind that can be found at the local supermarket. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.
Starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Jack Gore, Michael Parks, and Kelly McGillis.
The kids eat at the big boy table this September 27th.
Here’s a look at the Mexican original just for comparison’s sake: