Blu-ray Review: WE ARE STILL HERE

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WE ARE STILL HERE was written and directed by Ted Geogeghan and stars Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham, Kelsea Dakota, Michael Patrick, Susan Gibney, Guy Gane III, Elissa Dowling and Zorah Burress.

Possible Spoilers Ahead: The movie follows Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig), a grieving couple dealing with the death of their son who relocates to the snow swept New England community of Aylesbury. At first everything seems all quiet and peaceful but all of this is short-lived when strange sounds begin and shadowy figures appear. These sounds start giving Anne some eerie feelings and convinces her that her son’s spirit is still with them. A few scares all of a sudden begin to happen so they invite this new age, hippie couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) that have had dealings with with the paranormal and helping people make contact with deceased loved ones. These two are brought in to help get to the bottom of this mystery and it doesn’t take long until contact is made and the truth is revealed. Not only is the truth revealed but it comes out and reveals itself and it’s not their son.

Anne and Paul discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power and it has been awakened. The thing about this ancient evil force that lives under the house is that it awakens every thirty years and demands the fresh blood of a new family and it’s now awake and it is thirsty. The reveal just keeps on revealing as the secret that the entire community has been keeping for so many years is finally confessed as well as what actually happened to the Dagmar family so many years earlier. The truth is revealed, all hell breaks loose and some people end up getting what they deserve. Karma always catches up to the guilty and the guilty residents of Aylesbury get some long overdue demonic punishment they deserve.

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Okay, I went into this haunted house throwback expecting to be entertained and it did not disappoint. The story was a lot of fun and had the perfect mixture of horror, drama, and even a little humor at times. Even though the outside of this house didn’t look scary at all, it’s what was lurking inside and beneath that ended up delivering plenty of dread along with some serious chills.  Ted Geogeghan has now shown that he is a great story teller and the proof is in this moody and eerie yarn. The execution was near perfect. The cast was absolutely amazing and there were some cool special effects that helped bring the creepy Dagmar family to life, or in this case unlife or something like that. Anyway, they looked like a creepy cool family of demons! Oh yeah, and there was a nice little twist at the very end – a nice reunion of sorts.

The front of the packaging features the creepy cool artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of extras. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I really liked the way this movie was shot giving it this dated throwback look to it.

Bottom line is, We Are Still Here was a really fun horror movie throwback and honestly fits right in with haunted house and ghost story classics like The Amityville Horror, The Evil and even House on Haunted Hill. With the help of a fantastic cast, We Are Still Here not only is a good horror movie but it’s one of the best haunted house/ghost story movies I’ve seen in years. This indie movie honestly plays better than most of the big budget horror efforts that we get from Hollyweird. This instant classic releases on Blu-ray on October 6th and is definitely worth a watch.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! 

  • Commentary with Writer-Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette
  • Trailer
  • Teaser
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