I’ve never been one to waste a lot of precious time watching cannibal flicks, but Jorge Michel Grau’s decidedly brutal Mexican horror outing “We Are What We Are” (aka “Somos lo que hay”) looks like it might be worthy of investigation. The film was recently picked up by genre-friendly distributed IFC Films, which plans to release this uncompromising tale through their VOD arm very soon, with a proper DVD release tentatively scheduled for later this year. Sadly, I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to Mexican cinema, so this will be my first foray into that particular arena in several long years. Hopefully “We Are What We Are” will begin a trend of strong, intelligent, independently-produced Mexican horror titles that push the envelope in terms of content and quality.
In case you need it, here’s a plot synopsis courtesy of UHM:
A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge – how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies… and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they slake their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge… But without human meat the family will die.
Naturally, the trailer we’ve painstakingly provided for “We Are What We Are” isn’t safe for work by any stretch of the imagination. However, you wouldn’t be caught dead fooling around when there’s work to be done, right? Of course not.