Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
DVD review: Shocks served up cold in 'We Are What We Are'
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Grade • B+

DVD • Director Jim Mickle doesn't bathe his horror thriller "We Are What We Are" in buckets of blood, so when he shows hints of red, they really make an impact.

The focus is on the Parkers, a Catskills clan about to perform its annual ceremony. When his wife, Emma (Kassi DePaiva), dies suddenly, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) assigns Mama's role to oldest daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers) — who's torn about taking part and is eager to break free of her repressive father.

Mickle (who directed the vampire-apocalypse tale "Stake Land") ratchets up the tension almost imperceptibly, as the littlest Parker, Rory (Jack Gore), frets about "monsters" in the basement and the nearby coroner (Michael Parks) investigates some gruesome missing-persons cases.

The brooding atmosphere is ultimately shattered by a satisfyingly shocking finale. —

Grade • B+ —

Jonesing for more PopTop reviews?

For an archive of more CD, video and game reviews, visit http://www.sltrib.com/topics/poptop.

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.