We Are Still Here - DVD and Blu-ray

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 23:00 Written by 

We Are Still Here - out now on Blu-ray and DVD“We Are Still Here” is a haunted house horror starring Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig. The Sacchettis are a middle-aged couple who leave the city and some terrible memories behind, moving into an isolated country abode in New England in the midst of a bitter winter. It does not take long after the pair settle in before they discover that their new home is not altogether empty, and that the locals are harbouring a rather nasty secret.

Paul (Sensenig – “Upstream Colour”) is a sceptic, but Anne (Crampton – “You’re Next”, “Re-Animator”) immediately senses something off in the house, wondering whether it might be the spirit of their recently-departed son. She contacts a couple of spiritualist friends who might be able to help. Something supernatural is lurking in the basement, whilst the townsfolk provide a rather frosty welcome that reinforces the sense of dread.

“We Are Still Here” moves at quite a pace for a film in this genre; there is barely any time for slamming doors and things that go bump in the night before dark forms hover and dart across the screen. Soon after that, the gore dial is turned up to maximum.

In one sense it is quite refreshing for a spooky flick to not beat around the bush, and to get on with the shocks and plot. In that department the film scores quite highly, making the audience jump a few times very early on before moving on to more visual, visceral horror.

On the other hand, the speed that the monster or monsters are revealed forces the makers to keep upping the ante and, as the adage goes, more is typically less. That holds true to some extent here, but even so, the bloody chaos that ensues towards the end of the movie is highly entertaining and well done for a film on the budget end of the scale.

Director Ted Geoghegan (Associate Producer on “The ABCs of Death 2”) gets some mixed acting from his cast. Sensenig and Crampton play it for real, but Lisa Marie (“Sleepy Hollow”) and more particularly Larry Fessenden (“Stake Land”) as their hippie friends the Lewises give less subtle performances, detracting slightly from the scary atmosphere.

Thankfully, Monte Markham (Baywatch, “Piranha”) and Susan Gibney (Crossing Jordan) as the town’s power couple restore some gravitas and menace to proceedings.

When all is said and done, “We Are Still Here” is a relatively effective horror film with enough scares, atmosphere and solid special effects to make it worth a look. You even get an ambiguous ending that, depending on how you view it, could deliver a knock-out blow…

Special features include a fairly brief behind the scenes featurette and a commentary track with writer-director Ted Geoghegan and producer Travis Stevens. The Blu-ray version reviewed is a Zavvi.com exclusive and the picture quality is exemplary. The dark scenes are easy to make out, and the crisp, snowy exterior scenes are highly detailed.

“We Are Still Here” (2015) is out now on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as EST (Electronic Sell-Through), courtesy of Studiocanal. The main feature has a running time of 84 minutes approx, carries an ‘18’ certificate and retails for £15.99 on DVD and £24.99 on Blu-ray, or less from www.culttvstore.com

 

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