One of the best things about iTunes and modern horror is how many indie horror movies show up there right away, before Netflix or Blu-ray or the theater. I love having the chance to watch buzzed-about small movies quickly.
We Are Still Here is one I caught that way. For $7, some friends and I got to watch it long before we ever would have using another methodâ€”and it was definitely worth it.
Itâ€™s a haunted house movie, in some ways. Itâ€™s a city folk vs. country folk movie, in some ways. Itâ€™s about grief and history and religion and much more. In it, a middle-aged couple whose only son, an adult, recently died move to the country to try to start life over again. They get a great price on a great houseâ€”replete with deeply creepy basement, of course. They findÂ out why they got such a good deal when their neighbors stop by to relate the place’s dark history.
This scene is perhaps the highlight of the movie, with Monte Markhamâ€™s performance as the neighbor husband feeling so weird and laconic, so acutely regional and lived in, so funky and fun. The casting director must have danced a jig when he signedÂ up. A great actor in this role.
I donâ€™t know if We Are Still Here was particularly scary, nor am I sure itâ€™s a classic, or even a great, movie. But thatâ€™s OK. Itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s spooky, itâ€™s got great performances, and is a very assured film for directorÂ Ted Geoghegan’s first feaure. Iâ€™d check it out if I were you.