Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% (Critics) / 53% (Audience)
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan
Written By: Ted Geoghegan and Richard Griffin
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie and Monte Markham
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Synopsis: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. – (Source)
The retro look, setting and even performances are all really stellar and the true stand out things about this movie. The actors all play their (admittedly paper thin) characters with such throwback earnestness that the movie has moments where it really grabs you as a viewer much more than it would otherwise.
The actual movie though is pretty much devoid of any real scares or even thrills. It is probably one of the least scary horror movies I have seen all year. And the final act’s bloodbath was so schlocky and over the top which made it seem like it was shot for an entirely different movie.
One of my movie pet peeves is when a film introduces a mythology complete with rules that the movie then proceeds to shit all over like the rules were never even set up. WE ARE STILL HERE does that with this silly “30 year curse” and it annoyed me something fierce.
Final Verdict: A quirky little horror film that has a lot of potential at the start but never really seems to ever get on solid enough footing thematically to fulfill any of that potential scary goodness. The performances were fun though and I really dug the retro look of the movie.