Stake Land director Jim Mickle has bravely remade the excellent Mexican cannibal horror, We Are What We Are, and the film will be playing at Cannes this week. The remake had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and was met with mixed reviews. However, those who liked it, REALLY liked it.
Personally, I loved the original, but Mickle certainly proved his worth with the stunning apocalyptic horror Stake Land, and I feel he has the skills get this remake right. The first official clip has now been released, and while it doesn’t show a lot, it gives away Mickle’s dark and cold tone, and introduces us to sisters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Julia (Julia Garner).
While the original film was set in Mexico City, this new version is based in the Catskills region of New York State. Jim Mickle writes and directs the remake, with Nick Damici co-writing. The cast includes Ambyr Childers, Odeya Rush, Kelly McGillis, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell, Julia Garner, Nick Damici and Jack Gore.
A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.