Sunday, January 31, 2016

We Are Still Here Movie Review 380

We Are Still Here is a 2015 horror movie directed by Ted Geoghegan and starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie.

Paul Sachetti(Sensenig) and his wife Anne(Crampton) are a couple who have lost their son Bobby in a car accident. They move to a new house in 1979 in New England. Of course the house seems to be in the middle of nowhere but it is close to a little village. Anne hears things in the house and begins to think that maybe the spirit of their son in with them. They meet two neighbours, Dave( Monte Markham) and his wife Cat(Connie Neer). She warns them to get out of the house now. They discover that the house belonged to a man called Dagmar and that he was run out of town with his family for doing shady business.

The movie takes off then with two friends of Anne's coming to see them. They are Jacob(Fessenden) and his wife May(Lisa Marie). They are kooky hippies who can communicate with the dead or something like that. Their son Harry was a good friend of Bobby. Poor Joe the electrician is in the basement and he meets something nasty down there and he gets hurt. He refuses to go back.What is down there? It ain't good!!! The two couples go into town for something to eat and the locals look at them funny. Harry and his girlfriend show up at the Sachetti's looking for his parents, but they aren't there. He and his girl go into the house and Harry meets a sticky end as he enters the basement. His woman drives away and she gets killed too.

The group leave the bar where they were eating. Neighbour Dave asks the bar woman what they were talking about. She tells him. It turns out that every 30 years the house needs a sacrifice or the evil will ruin the town. The locals have to kill them. While Anne and May have gone out, Jacob decides to hold a seance with Paul and this does not go well. Jacob gets taken over by the spirit of Dagmar and Paul has to tie him up to stop him from causing trouble. Anne and May come back. The villagers turn up at the house to kill them.

Surprisingly, the ghosts retaliate and kill all of the villagers. The ghosts do not want to kill Paul or Anne as Bobby is with them. They kill Dave instead when he threatens to kill Paul and Anne. They head back to the basement. Anne hears Bobby's voice telling them not to be afraid. Paul smiles as he realises that his son is in the house with them and he is in the basement. This was an entertaining movie in parts. I liked that it was set in the 1970's but it was a little dull in parts. I think that it was trying to be like those old horror movies from the 70's but it just didn't hit the right spot for me. I liked that there was a scene with a ball falling down some stairs which was a homage to The  Changeling. I liked the ending most of all as something finally happened. I liked that the director used Scream Queen Crampton, but that's it. I wouldn't say that it was great, but it is worth a watch. It gets a 5/10.


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