Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We Are Still Here
A grief-stricken married couple move to a hopelessly depressing New England town in the dead of winter, with the hopes of moving on with their lives after the death of their teenage son. Because when coping with grief, the best thing to do is move to a bitter cold environment so that you can forget your tragic woes and refocus your sadness on how painful it is to walk to the mailbox.
Almost immediately Anne (Barbara Crampton from Re-Animator) feels the haunting presence of her dead son in the house. To make matters worse everyone in the town is a complete and utter sketch bag led by the guy who played Blanche’s gay brother Clayton on the Golden Girls. The townsfolk are clearly privy to some dark secret regarding their new home.
As someone who is sick to bloody death of haunted house movies I can wholeheartedly get behind this one. Like House of the Devil this is a period piece that takes place in in the late 70’s. First time director Ted Geoghegan does a fine job of capturing the tone of horror films released during that time. The ghost of their dead son (if that is indeed the menace in the basement) is a wonderfully rendered spirit seemingly made of tar. The film is also well paced, seamlessly going from needling tension into full blown scares in the final act. But don’t take my word for it – read JPX’s review!