Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 Nights of Terror 2015 #10 - We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here (2015)
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie
Format: AVI

Plot: After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul (Andrew Sensenig) and Anne (Barbara Crampton) move to the quiet New York countryside to try to start a new life for themselves. But the grieving couple unknowingly becomes the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town they've moved into is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to overcome their sorrow and fight back against both the living and dead as the malicious ghosts threaten to pull their souls - and the soul of their lost son - into hell with them.

We Are Still Here is a fantastic slice of winter horror helmed by a first time director and clearly influenced by Lucio Fulci's The House By the Cemetery (1981).

What starts off your basic haunted house movie morphs into something more than that. I don't want to give too much away, because this is one of those movies that is best enjoyed without too much prior knowledge, but it involves a town with a dark history.

Geoghegan does a great job of building up a foreboding atmosphere, making perfect use of the snow-bound countryside to create a real sense of isolation. The acting is also great across the board. Special mention goes to Barbara Crampton - it's fantastic to see the star of great 80s fare like Re-animator and From Beyond getting a meaty lead role all these years later, hopefully she gets a whole lot more. I also have to mention director-turned-actor Larry Fessenden, who is great as a stoner-hippy friend of the main couple. Monte Markham is also notably creepy in a key supporting role.

The third act of this movie contains some fantastic gore. Real balls-to-the-wall stuff. And the pay-off is nicely done, again without wanting to give too much away.

I thoroughly enjoyed We Are Still Here and highly recommend it to scare-philes and gore-hounds alike. I'm looking foward to seeing what Geoghegan comes up with next and where his career goes from here, hopefully straight up.

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