Currently available on VOD is writer/director Ted Geoghegan‘s horror tale We Are Still Here. The Dark Sky Films release debuted at SXSW earlier this year and played at the genre favorite Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, CO shortly thereafter. Starring Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig as a wife and husband who move to a quiet New England town following the tragic death of their only son, the pic is a suspenseful and fun ride as the couple learns that their new home harbors more death and darkness than the peaceful scenery would indicate.
At its core, We Are Still Here is a film about dealing with tragedy and loss wrapped up in a haunted house conceit. Crampton and Sensenig’s characters are grieving with the premature death of their son and, ultimately, they learn that moving on has nothing to do with changing your surroundings and everything to do with facing your demons head on (in a violent manner, if necessary). In his feature debut, Geoghegan deserves a ton of credit for deftly transitioning the pic from suspense/build-up to gore/payoff. It feels akin to Ti West‘s The House of the Devil in the way it builds to an inevitably violent conclusion (Devil producer Larry Fessenden co-stars, giving the two films some connective tissue). While it falls short of West’s modern classic, We Are Still Here is a solid horror movie that fans of the genre should seek out as soon as time allows.
Gory recommendations aside, let’s get to this week’s Top 5: