Meet the Parkers, a deeply religious family living in upstate New York who harbour a dreadful secret. Once a year they give thanks to the Lord by feasting on human flesh – a family tradition, they call Lamb’s Day, dating back to the 1780’s.
When Mrs Parker suddenly dies, the responsibility of carrying out the ritual falls to oldest daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers), who finds herself also burdened with looking after her siblings Rose (Julia Garner) and Rory (Jack Gore) and grieving father Frank (Bill Sage).
But, over the course of one fateful rainy weekend, the family’s secrets risk being exposed as a torrential storm begins washing up evidence of their dark deeds while the town’s doctor (Michael Parks) starts investigating the family’s medical history…
A biting commentary of patriarchy, fundamentalist religion and a twisted take on the American Thanksgiving tradition, We Are What We Are is a supremely stylish exercise in subtle slow-burning horror. In re-imagining of Jorge Michel Grau’s cult 2010 Mexican horror, Somos lo que hay, director Jim Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici have crafted a hauntingly tragic and very unique American Gothic tale.
We Are What We Are screens in selected UK cinemas (from 28 February), and is out on DVD, from eOne, from Monday 3 March