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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

We Are What We Are

Directed by Jim Mickle, Starring Jim Mickle, Kelly McGillis, Bill Sage, Michael Parks, Joel Nagle, Larry Fessenden, Nick Damici, Annemarie Lawless, Vonia Arslanian, Nat De Wolf, Traci Hovel, Wyatt Russell, Odeya Rush, Reagan Leonard, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Laurent Rejto, Jack Gore, Kassie Depaiva, I.N. Sierros, Tyler Barden, Lea Kwiecinski, Jack Turner
Written by Jim Mickle, Kelly McGillis, Bill Sage, Michael Parks, Joel Nagle, Larry Fessenden, Nick Damici, Annemarie Lawless, Vonia Arslanian, Nat De Wolf, Traci Hovel, Wyatt Russell, Odeya Rush, Reagan Leonard, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Laurent Rejto, Jack Gore, Kassie Depaiva, I.N. Sierros, Tyler Barden, Lea Kwiecinski, Jack Turner
Staff Review

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David
HPB Staff

We Are What We Are

by Jim Mickle
The Parkers keep to themselves, and for good reason.

It's fine for me going in because I could already tell from the cover of this movie what it was about. It just screams cannibals. (There's a movie with the same name that's actually different but has a poster that also screams cannibalism. Perhaps the title itself just seems perfect for cannibalism?) So while the plot is mildly predictable, it's the characters that are interesting. The dichotomy of a heavily religious family fasting for three days and it culminates with them feasting upon the flesh of one of their neighbors. When the sudden flood, the same that kills the mother, uproots a tree that's been growing on their property for generations, reveals the sinister truth about the family--in the roots of the tree are the countless skeletons of those they have eaten. After their mother's death, the father becomes a tyrant, and he meets a just end that's very fitting given the subject matter. There's a happy ending for the children, more or less, that I thought made sense even if it made it a little bittersweet. So overall, not a bad hidden gem, one that I feel like is going to become a cult classic given some time and age.

 
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"The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family."

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
    • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
    • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
    • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
    • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: DVD
  • Sold by: HPB Appleton
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  • Publisher: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 741952748595
  • Region: Region [unknown]


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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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