We Are Still Here is one of those movies that shows up on “Best Horror Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen” lists all the time. Tonight I got around to checking it out. All told, it’s a serviceable, if somewhat formulaic (at least till the end, where it reminds you that the same folks responsible for The House of the Devil made it), ghost story with enough fears and chills to keep you interested.
Annie and Paul have moved to the remote countryside after their son’s tragic death in a car accident. But it doesn’t take long before Annie begins to feel an otherworldly presence that she believes might be the undead spirit of her son. When two friends and their children visit to see if they can give comfort/figure out what’s going on, things get hairy.
The great thing about this movie is that it hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. The already short running time of less than 1:30 flies by. The story has enough twists to differentiate it from the standard haunted house fare, but don’t expect anything earth shattering. Which is not to say the movie isn’t creepy. It is, at times very much so. If it has a downfall, it’s that it shows the big bad a little too soon and a little too much. Favorite part? Probably the seance. The move is off and running at that point, and it’s a wild ride.
Well worth your time on a lazy Saturday night.
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 based on the last thirty minutes, which separates it from the pack (and provides a delightful amount of gore).