This is a spoiler-free quick review:
“It’s not Bobby! It’s not Bobby!”
I love a good haunted house movie. Hell, I even love a mediocre one, so of course I wasn’t going to let indie horror, We Are Still Here (2015), pass me by even if I had heard mixed reviews about it.
Haunted house films might be the most cliche of the horror genre. A family with a troubled past moves into a big remote house only to discover from one of the locals that the house itself also has sketchy history. Throw in some unexplained footsteps, a creepy cellar, a seance, doors opening by themselves, toy balls rolling down the stairs and the movie is half written.
That sums up a good chunk of We Are Still Here and a hundred other horror movies. However as cliche as it might be I still found it fun to watch. The film is much faster paced and considerably more violent than most horrors of this variety. The monsters are genuinely freaky at times and the last twenty minutes of the movie erupts into enjoyable, gory chaos as the townsfolk and lead couple do battle with the evil forces in the house.
While the film’s dialog is somewhat cheesy and the acting is questionable at times, it does lend a fun, campy feel to the movie. If you find atmospheric ghost stories tedious to watch you might want to give this one a try. Recommended.
Rating: 6 out of 10