Monday, June 15, 2015
WE ARE STILL HERE
Thank you, Ted Geoghegan. Thank you for taking me back in time to where movies were more simple and driven by story rather than kill counts. :)
Again, I'm keeping this little review short and sweet.
WE ARE STILL HERE is a tight and tidy little film. People have been referencing Lucio Fulci lot when it comes to this film. I can see that - THE BEYOND or maybe HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY. Sure. But I see it being more along the lines of Gary Sherman's work - DEAD AND BURIED in particular. Also, the pace is very Ti West - slow and deliberate. It has this dreamy, otherworldly quality to it that I love. The plot is simple - the time is the late 70s and a couple moves into a home after the death of their son. There seems to be some haunting going on. 'Nuff said for this.
There are some genre favorites in the film as well. Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Monte Markham, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie and turn in fab performances and really sell the whole of the storyline.
And at the helm, Ted Geoghegan proves that he really knows his stuff when it comes to delivering scares. This is only his second Director credit, but I can not wait to see what else he comes out with based on how WE ARE STILL HERE turned out. Like the aforementioned Ti West, he's not scared to take time to sell the story and environment. There are scenes of stillness and quiet that craft and eerie landscape where creepy things can happen. Stark and cold, you can feel the tension at all times.
And when something does happen, it packs a punch.
A funny side note - I'm a popcorn hound. I love the stuff and usually make my own (...which people tend to rave about. :) ) Well, I wanted to take things "Old School" when watching this film and had to get an old favorite - Jiffy Pop - when I saw it in the store. I felt this would complete the experience nicely, taking me back to when I was a kid watching CREATURE FEATURES and eating JIFFY POP. Well, not only do I find out that the film takes place in the same time period as my Creature Feature watching time, but that Jiffy Pop figures into one of the opening scenes of the film. Rather creepy in a way - I have not had Jiffy Pop in almost a year....maybe longer. Geoghegan told me via Twitter that they had a hard time finding Jiffy Pop there, so they ended up just crafting it for the film! heheheh
This film isn't INSIDIOUS or films of that style. It's not going to run you through a roller coaster of shocks and scares and toss you around in a heart-racing way. This film stalks up behind you....slowly and quietly...then leaps out at you from the darkness that it live in, rattles you, then bolts back into the shadows again. You don't know when it's going to strike next....
Check out WE ARE STILL HERE - lights off and ready for some great, creepy story!