We Are What We Are director Jim Mickle on making a different kind of cannibal film

When Jim Mickle took on the task of remaking Jorge Michael Grau's We Are What We Are for American audiences, the last thing he wanted to do was film a strict remake. So his version of the cannibal-family drama ditches the urban setting and most of the plot points for a tight-focus, intimate view of a rural family who just so happen to eat other people from time to time. The intensity of focus and small scale set a distinct mood and paint a picture of a bizarre, horrifying world that the family's young girls accept as normal, making for a horror film that pushes much different buttons than the typical slasher. Before Mickle's film opens this year's Mile High Horror Film Festival on Thursday, October 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse, we talked to the writer/director about his approach to doing a remake, the influence of religion and how his version started as a very different film than it ended up.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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