'Cannibal' movie wraps local filming

By Brian Sweeney
Delaware County was the prime location for a horror movie remake “We Are What We Are” that recently wrapped up filming.

Shooting began in mid-May and continued through June. The original “We Are What We Are” was made in Mexico as “Somo Lo Que Hay” and released in 2010. The new film is in post-production and will be in theaters next year.

Glass Eye Pix, the company undertaking the remake, has previously used the Catskill Mountains as the backdrop for several movies, including “Wendigo” (2001) and the acclaimed post-apocalyptic vampire film “Stake Land,” released in 2011.

Unusal plot
“We Are What We Are” has an unusual plot. The movie follows the cannibalistic exploits of the family as they seek to carry on the family tradition.

“When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals,” was the description offered by one reviewer.
“We Are What We Are” stars Ambyr Childers, a regular on “All My Children” and who will also be seen on the upcoming “The Master” (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) and Gangster Squad (directed by Ruben Fleischer).

The film also features Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn) whose credits include “Cowboys and Aliens” and “High School,” Bill Sage (“Electrick Children” and “Sweet Little Lies” and Julia Garner (“Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Electrick Children”).

Likes shooting here
Writer/producer/director Larry Fessenden, founder of the independent studio Glass Eye Pix, is a West Shokan resident and said he enjoys making films in the upstate area whenever possible.
Mr. Fessenden commented that the region’s combination of extraordinary beauty, picturesque communities and downtrodden sections makes it an ideal location for creating many different types of movie moods.

In a case of real life imitating art, the setting for much of “We Are What We Are” was meant to convey towns that were in the process of recovering from horrific flood. With a number of scenes filmed in Margaretville and Arkville, the backdrop was very realistic.

Well respected
The Wall Street Journal called Mr. Fessenden, “The Monster of Independent Film,” because of his track record of making thought-provoking horror stories that rely more on atmosphere than gore.
“We Are What We Are” is being produced by Andrew Corkin of New York-based Uncorked Productions (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Afterschool”) and Bolivian director/producer Rodrigo Bellott (“Sexual Dependency”) plus MFI’s Nicholas Shumaker and Linda Moran and Rene Bastian of Belladonna Productions, which produced Jim Mickle’s first two films.

“Stake Land” earned considerable critical acclaim and won the Midnight Madness Award at the Toronto Film Festival.