We Are Still Here

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We Are Still Here
We Are Still Here film festival poster 2015.jpg
Film festival poster
Directed byTed Geoghegan
Produced byTravis Stevens
Written byTed Geoghegan
Starring
Music byWojciech Golczewski
CinematographyKarim Hussain
Edited by
  • Aaron Crozier
  • Josh Ethier
Production
company
Distributed byDark Sky Films
Release date
  • March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) (SXSW)
  • June 5, 2015 (2015-06-05)
Running time
84 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

We Are Still Here is a 2015 American horror film written and directed by Ted Geoghegan and starring Andrew Sensenig and Barbara Crampton as grieving parents who find themselves the focus of an attack by vengeful spirits. The film had its world premiere on 15 March 2015 at South by Southwest.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

In 1979, following the death of their son Bobby in a car crash, Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti have decided to move to a new home in rural New England. Paul hopes that it will be therapeutic for Anne, as the death has caused her to spiral into a deep depression. However, Anne starts claiming that Bobby is present in the house, and neighbor Cat McCabe warns them to leave. The house was built in the 1800s by the Dagmar family as a funeral home. The Dagmars were reportedly run out of the village after townspeople discovered that they were swindling their customers by selling the corpses and burying empty caskets.

Undeterred, Anne invites her friends May and Jacob Lewis (Lisa Marie and Larry Fessenden), as they are both spiritualists and could help contact Bobby. The couples go out to eat, during which time the Lewises' son Harry arrives with his girlfriend Daniella. Harry is killed by an apparition in the basement and Daniella flees in horror, only to be killed too. The Lewises and the Sacchettis head home, after which Cat's husband Dave arrives at the restaurant, murders a waitress, and angrily discusses the Dagmar house with the bartender, revealing that the house needs to feed every 30 years or the evil beneath it will search out fresh souls, destroying the town.

Jacob manages to convince a reluctant Paul to hold a séance with him while their wives are out. This ends with Jacob becoming possessed by the spirit of Lassander Dagmar, who reveals that they were never run out of town; rather the villagers used his family as a sacrifice to the evil under their home. Lassander, overcome with rage, causes Jacob to kill himself. His wife May tries to flee, only to be killed by Dave, who has come to the house with the other townspeople, determined to give the home what it wants. The Sacchettis hear the voice of Bobby urging them to leave, and flee upstairs as the townspeople break into the house.

The spirits of the Dagmar family proceed to violently murder every one of the townspeople until only Dave, Paul, and Anne remain. Dave tries to kill Anne and Paul, but is killed by Lassander's spirit. As Paul and Anne stare at the carnage around them, the spirits of the family depart from the house, finally satisfied. Anne dazedly walks into the house's cellar, followed by Paul. As he peers down the stairs, Paul smiles and says "Hey Bobby"; a soft voice can be heard replying “Hi, Dad”.

Cast[edit]

  • Barbara Crampton as Anne Sacchetti
  • Andrew Sensenig as Paul Sacchetti
  • Larry Fessenden as Jacob Lewis
  • Lisa Marie as May Lewis
  • Monte Markham as Dave McCabe
  • Susan Gibney as Maddie
  • Michael Patrick as Harry Lewis
  • Kelsea Dakota as Daniella
  • Guy Gane III as Lassander Dagmar
  • Elissa Dowling as Eloise Dagmar
  • Zorah Burress as Fiona Dagmar
  • Marvin Patterson as Joe the Electrician
  • Connie Neer as Cat McCabe
  • Craig Simmons as Jethro

Soundtrack[edit]

We Are Still Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
We Are Still Here Soundtrack Artwork.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Wojciech Golczewski
ReleasedJuly 7, 2015
GenreAmbient
Length34:31
LabelScreamworks Records

The score was composed by Wojciech Golczewski. It was released on July 7, 2015 from Screamworks Records.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The House"4:45
2."Harry"2:02
3."The Dagmars"3:07
4."Bobby"2:12
5."Cellar"2:58
6."It's Not Bobby"5:39
7."The Séance"3:05
8."Dagmar's Story"2:28
9."The Attack"3:46
10."Accept It"4:28
Total length:34:31

Release[edit]

We Are Still Here had its World Premiere at South by Southwest on March 15, 2015.[6] It was given a limited U.S. theatrical release by Dark Sky Films beginning on June 5, 2015 and was released via video-on-demand the same day. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on October 6, 2015.

The film was subsequently released on home video in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, and Taiwan. It opened theatrically in Japan on December 12, 2015[7] and in Russia on December 17, 2015.[8]

Reception[edit]

We Are Still Here was positively received at its world premiere[9] and subsequent release. It became one of the year's most critically acclaimed horror films.[10][11] Rolling Stone named it one of the year's ten best horror films.[12] Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 95% based on 43 reviews, and an average rating of 7.09/10. The site's critics' consensus states, "Smart, powerfully acted, and devilishly clever, We Are Still Here offers some novel twists on familiar territory – and heralds the arrival of a major talent in writer-director Ted Geoghegan."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

Common elements of praise centered upon the film's atmosphere and visuals,[15] which Twitch Film called "stylish and mesmerizing".[16][17] Film School Rejects rated the film positively, praising it for its jump scares and stating that it "shows love and affection for genre".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WE ARE STILL HERE (18)". British Board of Film Classification. September 22, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Mack, Andrew. "SXSW 2015: Just Try Not To Make Eye Contact With This Poster From WE ARE STILL HERE". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Woerner, Meredith. "We Are Still Here Trailer Looks Like A Return To Super-Weird Horror". io9. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "We Are Still Here". SXSW. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "We Are Still Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "We Are Still Here – Schedule". SXSW. March 15, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  7. ^ レイナス. "【グゲゲゲェ】黒焦げ一家のビジュアルがスゴい強烈ホラー『喰らう家』ワンコイン上映&まさかの監督来日". Horror2. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  8. ^ файл, добавил. "Мы ещё здесь – We Are Still Here". Kinopoisk. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Macomber, Shawn. ""WE ARE STILL HERE" (SXSW Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Hunter, Rob. "The Best Horror Movies of 2015". Film School Rejects. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  11. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "The Best Horror Movies of 2015". Nerdist. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Zimmerman, Sam. "10 Best Horror Movies of 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "We Are Still Here (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "We Are Still Here Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Harvey, Dennis. "SXSW Film Review: 'We Are Still Here'". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  16. ^ Barton, Steve. "We Are Still Here (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  17. ^ Martin, Peter. "SXSW 2015 Review: WE ARE STILL HERE, A Refreshing Yet Disturbing Thriller". Twitch Film. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  18. ^ Hunter, Rob. "SXSW 2015: We Are Still Here Explores Issues of Supernatural Squatter Rights". Film School Rejects. Retrieved March 22, 2015.

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