We Are Still Here (2015)

Anne (Barbara Crampton, Chopping Mall) and Paul are getting over the death of their son Bobby, so they decide to move to quiet, rural New England. But the moment they enter their new house, Anne claims that Bobby is there and Cat, their neighbor, tells them to leave.

Turns out that their house was once a funeral home, where the Dagmar family sold corpses and buried empty caskets before being chased out of town.

Anne invites two spiritualist friends, May (Lisa Marie, The Lords of Salem) and Jacob, who hope to help her contact Bobby. Their son is due to arrive later, but as soon as he gets there, he and his girlfriend are killed by whatever is inside the house. The couples are at dinner, where everyone in town treats them with suspicion. That’s because the house needs to be fed every thirty years or the evil inside it will seek out fresh souls and destroy the town.

A seance leads to all hell breaking loose, with the spirit of the father of the Dagar clan possessing Jacob and revealing that the villagers used his family as a sacrifice. The other townspeople come to the house to kill everyone inside, only to be murdered by the vengeful ghosts of the Dagmar family before leaving the house, finally having found revenge.

Anne and Paul walk into the cursed basement, then smile at the camera as they greet their son.

We Are Still Here announced the arrival of writer/director Ted Geoghegan as a name to watch in horror films. And his influences are obvious — many of the characters in this film are inspired by Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery. I didn’t expect much of this film and was pleasantly surprised by how fast it moves and how intense the gore gets. It’s as close to a Fulci film as it seems we’ll get these days.

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