Horror-A-Thon: We Are Still Here (2015)

When it comes to haunted house horror you’ve got plenty of films to pick from. From old classics like House on Haunted Hill to modern flag bearers like The Conjuring, you literally have decades worth of movies to sift through. Standing out in a big crowd like that is tough and that’s what makes We Are Still Here such an impressive example of the haunted house sub-genre, because it most certainly does separate itself from the pack.

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The film takes place in the 70’s as a couple, who have just lost their college aged son to a car accident, are starting fresh in a steal of an old house. As you guessed it, things start to happen, which the mother takes as her son trying to make contact. Meanwhile, you’ve got a neighbor who drops a bombshell that the house used to be a funeral parlor in the 1800’s and the family there was run out of town for selling corpses. Okay, I know what you’re saying, this sounds like a fairly standard haunted house set up, right? Well, I won’t argue. Where the movie shows its true colors isn’t the set up, it’s in the payoff.

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The second half of this film really picks up the pace and starts throwing curveballs that you probably won’t see coming. Beyond that, We Are Still Here transitions from your standard “things that go bump in the night” haunted house film to something completely different that I’m not going to spoil here. The only warning I will give you is that blood flows freely.

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As a fairly jaded horror fan who’s seen hundreds if not thousands of films, We Are Still Here did what it was supposed to do. It entertained, it gave me some legitimate scares, and it tapped into that classic feel of 70’s horror cinema. It’s definitely a worthy addition to your “Must Watch” list for this Halloween season and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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