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.
See also: Director Franck Khalfoun on updating slasher classic Maniac for modern audiences