Monday, July 20, 2015

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2015: We Are Still Here

A couple moves into a new house to find it haunted by vengeful spirits in We Are Still Here.  Shortly after the tragic death of their son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) move into a new house in a rural town. Anne begins to experience strange occurrences in the house and believes that the ghost of her son is trying to contact her.  She and Paul invite up psychic medium friends May (Lisa Marie) and Jacob (Larry Fessenden) to perform a seance.  However, it quickly turns out that the spirits haunting the house have very malevolent intentions.

Ted Geoghegan makes his directorial debut with this film that pays homage to Italian haunted house films from the 1980s, such as The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery.  While the film features many of the familiar tricks of haunted house films, such as strange sounds, objects moving, and shadows in the background, the film also features many gory deaths.  I would even go far to say that this is probably the most bloody haunted house film that I have seen, even though I haven't checked out the Italian films We Are Still Here is based on.

We Are Still Here is built around a relatively small cast headlined by horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You're Next) and Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color).  In addition to May and Jacob, the only other central characters in the film are the local townsfolk, headed by Dave McCabe (Monte Markham), who might know more about the history of the house than they are letting on.  Altogether, We Are Still Here is a quite solid and very bloody haunted house thriller.

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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).