All the good words that are written about a film could mask your judgement, and when you finally sit down to take a look, sometimes you end up a bit too disappointed. Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut is one such film, that perhaps merits a watch before the review readings.
Geoghegan’s setting is near perfect for the chill; its winter, and a raging one at that, and the New England landscape is all covered in flawless white, as if lying in wait for a streak of red to splash across. It’s here that Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) move in, and their new house it seems, harbours much more than what is easily discernible.
Its 1979, and the couple has been mourning the death of their only son, Bobby. The horror design is as good as it gets, and the eerie thuds, creaks and thumps follow. And the rest of the characters walk in, one after the other, and so do the ones that we are here watching the film for, in the first place.
The genuine scare moments are there without doubt, and yet ‘We Are Still Here’ leaves a lot to be desired, and the charred spirits that have been causing the trouble place you in a predicament – they are spooky enough to cause a cringe and yet not scary enough to make you shiver – as is the case with several other sequences and scenes that follow.