We Are Still Here

| October 4, 2015

We Are Still Here (2015) might not be the film that “changes the face of horror cinema forever,” or some other such hyperbolic nonsense. Very few movies achieve such greatness. And yet I find myself having ever more frequent conversations with people about how horrible this or that movie is because it’s not great, even though the person I’m talking to readily concedes that the movie is “a good time” or “fun.” I guess people expect movies, all movies, to consistently blow them away, to give them something bigger and more bombastic than they’ve ever seen before.

But to my mind, movies can sometimes just be fun in and of themselves and I’m all right with that. I can get behind fun. I can recommend fun, because I’m all right with a movie not being “great” and instead being just a really a good time. And that’s We Are Still Here. It’s a terrifically fun and spooky little, no-pretension, low-budget haunted house picture with a slight Lovecraftian twist. We Are Still Here is 100% most definitely worth a watch, but again that’s so long as what you’re looking for is a fun haunted house picture and not some kind of cinematic revolution.

The film follows a couple who moves into a new home while mourning the death of their son. Only, it turns out the house is haunted and the locals seem to be fully aware, if not outright complicit in the supernatural occurrences there. So the couple has their hippie, occultist friends out to help them contact and maybe exorcise the spirits.

It’s a simple story that succeeds thanks to a straightforward approach, some terrific climactic gore, and the scene-stealing performance by the wonderful Larry Fessenden as the hippie husband alongside Re-Animator’s Barbara Crampton in the lead role. The film’s writer/director Ted Geoghegan explains in the behind-the-scenes featurette that the film started off as an homage to Lucio Fulci’s House By the Cemetery (1981). From where I’m sitting though, as someone who’s never understood the praise heaped on Fulci’s films, I have to say that I’d sit down with We Are Still Here before I would House by the Cemetery any day of the week!

We Are Still Here arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 6, 2015 from Dark Sky Films. Special features include commentary by Geoghegan and producer Travis Stevens, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and trailers.

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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