Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Last year, genre fans were treated to a slew of strong international flicks, from England’s Attack the Block to Spain’s Kidnapped, and we can’t forget Korea’s I Saw the Devil. One foreign horror movie that was sadly overlooked by most folks, though, was first-time Mexican writer-director Jorge Michel Grau’s seriously bleak and horrific We Are What We Are, a cinematic descent into domestic nightmares that starts off creepily and grows increasingly more disturbing as its 90-minute duration proceeds.
As Grau’s film opens, a middle-aged man drops dead on a crowded sidewalk, which leads directly into his poor family’s methods of coping with the loss of their patriarch; the responsibilities fall mainly on the shoulders of the two sons, whose primary duty is to lure innocent victims back to their decrepit-looking home for the boys, their younger sister, and their tyrannical mother to eat the visitors’ flesh.
That’s right, We Are What We Are is a cannibal movie, one that shows no real compassion toward its protagonists at any point; meaning, Grau has no problem subjecting his antiheroes to cruel and unusual retributions. Indeed, We Are What We Are is as uncompromisingly grim as they come.