Filmmakers to bring cannibals to Catskills
By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville and Delaware County will be prime locations for a horror movie when the remake of “We Are What We Are” begins filming this month.
Shooting is expected to begin in mid-May and continue through June. The original “We Are What We Are” was made in Mexico and released in 2010.
Glass Eye Pix, the company producing 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.
“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.
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.
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.
“Stake Land” earned considerable critical acclaim and won the Midnight Madness Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Scouts are currently in the area seeking filming locations for “We Are What We Are.” They told the News that one key element they are seeking is a weathered vacant farmhouse near a stream. The farmhouse, which will be a central point for filming, will need to be vacated during the month of June. Anyone owning a farmhouse fitting this description is welcome to contact Cynthia at 646 801-4805 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org