We Are What We Are (2013) Script

"It is with love that I do this. God's will be done." ~ Alyce Parker

Please God, watch over my babies.

Please just come home again.

Hey. How's it goin'?

This way.

Put it down over here.

Can I help you, Mrs. Parker?

Mrs. Parker? Mrs. Parker?

Mrs. Parker, can I help you?

You okay? It's the dampness, it, uh... gets in my head.

It's gonna get a lot worse before it gets better.

Snap Pops! Sorry, buddy, no Snap Pops.

Snap Pops. It's the first day with abstinence. You know the rules.

Snap Pops. Milk or tea.

Sorry, honey, it's only till after Sunday.

Why? Because it's the fast, which means that we can't eat.

No flesh, no fruit, no grain.

Drink your milk, it'll fill you up.

Now, don't chug it, it's gonna give you a belly ache.

I don't know what she was thinking, leaving those clothes out like that.

Her headaches have been getting worse.

I wish Daddy would let her see a doctor.

You know how he feels about that.

Mr Parker? Mr Parker.

Stay here.


Spit it out.

Hey. Hi, Doc.

I'm so sorry I'm late. The roads are a mess.

I'm Doc Barrow.

We know. You delivered our baby brother, Rory, up at the house.

Oh yeah, Rory, little Rory. How is he? He's, um... getting big.

Good. Where is your father?

He couldn't make it. He's still grieving.

Well I can understand that, sweetie. It's tough.

They said that she drowned. Well, I won't know, hon, until I do a full examination.

You mean autopsy.

Yes, an autopsy. It's the law.

You know, I'm so sorry, it's been a long time, and you've grown so much, I just can't remember your name.

Iris. Iris. And you?

Rose. Iris and Rose.

Well, I only need one of you to make the identification.

I'll do it.

I'll do it. Okay. This way, sweetie.

Rose, we'll be right back.

Mr Parker?

Mr. Parker, it's wet out here.

She's in a better place, Mr. Parker.

We say that. Do we believe it?

Emma Parker. 47 years old.

Liver healthy. Moderate calcification on the left ventricular arteries.

Sign of pill rolling.

Atrophy of right vastus lateralis - suggesting early onset of Parkinson's.

What about Lamb's Day, Daddy?

We do it the way that we've always done it.

Two days, and we will carry on.

But Mama's gone.


Mama's gone. It's what we do, Rose. We continue.

Iris is the eldest daughter. It's her responsibility now.

Tree's down. Creek's washed out.

Fetch some candles, Rose.

I'll let them know what's going on down at the trailer park.

You're not a'scared, are you? Are you scared?

Don't be scared.

♪ Jesus gonna be here ♪

♪ Oh, He gonna be here soon ♪

♪ Jesus gonna be here ♪

♪ He gonna be here soon ♪ When is Jesus gonna be here? Soon.

Yeah, He's gonna be here soon.

That's my boy.

Sing it.

Shhh. Sing it.

Daddy's home.

What is it, boy?


Come on, come on.

Mr. and Mrs. Kimble, uh... in these situations, 99 times out of a hundred the missing person is safe, just can't get to a working phone.

Your daughter's probably at somebody's house, a friend's house, just as worried about you as you are about her.

But, uh, she's our only child, and she never hasn't come home before.

I understand that, but I got... I got roads closed, lines down, bridges out.

Let's give it 24 hours. If she doesn't make contact by then, we'll, uh, we'll put out an alert. Okay?


I need you to make copies of that photo, and put out an MPR on a Valerie Kimble, all right?

I'm on it.

Thank you.

I'm sorry, I know it's a bad time for you, but... uh, I'm finished with this place, uh...

There's no work, and now this damn storm washed half the town away, so, we're gonna head down-state to my brother's and see if we can start over.

I think that's everything. Good luck, Mr. Parker.

I'm hungry.

Snap pops.

It's for you.

I don't underst-- A token to... for last night.

"Kindness shall be met with kindness."

Is that in the Bible? It's in mine.

Thank you. The funeral is this afternoon.

So soon? It's our way.

I don't like to ask, I was wonderin' if you wouldn't mind watchin' my boy for a spell.

Too young for these things. Of course I wouldn't mind.

I'd be happy to, Mr. Parker.

This is Sheriff Meeks. I'm not here right now, please leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Hey, Bob. Doc Barrow here.

I found something strange this morning, my dog actually dug it up, I'd like to show it to you.

I can stop by your place today, if it's okay. Let me know, please. Thanks.

Where are you, Pumpkin?

You're gonna have to take care of them now. You ready for that?

I'm the eldest. That's the way it works. The way it's always worked.

It just... doesn't seem fair.

None of it.

That's for me to worry about, not you.

What if we refused to do it? We just... we just stopped?

He would make us, wouldn't he? I just wanna get this over with.

And then we have a whole year to figure something out.

I just wish we were like everyone else. Well, we're not.

What are you doing? You know you ain't allowed down here! I seen the monster, Daddy.

One day, I'll teach you how not to be afraid of the dark. How'd that be?

Good. Until then, you stay out.

Don't go where you don't belong. Okay?

You always need a watchful eye. I'm sorry, Daddy. Rose said he was sleeping.

Rose isn't in charge. You are. All we have is each other.

We need to stick together now. You understand?

"And the seed shall become the tree, which bears the fruit."

"And feeds the kindred. Amen." Amen.

When the Earth has claimed our limbs, then shall we come home to walk with Him.

To the better place He calls us, free from want, and hungry desires of this Earth.

But should some urgent fate, untimely lot, bring you to meet your fate, nameless out the haunt that the lone regions where has drawed no foot of man, commend myself to God.

Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.

Amen. Amen.

He hasn't eaten... since Mama...

Take him home, put him to bed, let him get some rest.

If he wants something to eat, give him something light, like soup or something.

I'll call you tomorrow. I'm sorry, Iris.

Thank you for coming, Anders. It was really sweet of you.

No, no hon... she didn't suffer at all, no.

We're home, Daddy.

She was the first. Now it belongs to you.

December 24th, 1781.

Papa has found our new home.

It is a peaceful place, high on a mountain overlooking the valley below.

The forest is rich with serenity. The land, it knows not the industry of men.

Our harvest dwindles as winter approaches early.

Mother has forgone her rations, so that the children may eat.

Father and Uncle Burnett left yesterday in search of game.

We pray for their safe return, as I fear we have not yet seen the whole of nature's cruelty.

Hi. Hey.

I hope I'm not bothering you, but uh...

I wanted to say that when my dad died... it was really hard on our family. Especially my mom.

Where have you been? I haven't seen you all summer.

Academy training? Down-state?

Yeah, this is my first official week on the job.

They made you cut your hair, huh? Yeah, academy regulation.

You wanna come in? Um... no, it's, uh... it's just... do you remember a Valerie Kimble?


Yeah, well, uh, have you seen her lately?


Not since school let out. She's pretty.

Yeah, well, um, well she's gone missing. And, uh, it was just before the storm, so I thought that maybe, since she had to come by this way on her way home everyday, that maybe someone had seen her.

Well, you could check up at the trailer park. Only the new girl left, business has been slow.

Yeah, it's been slow for everybody.

All right, well um, well I'll go ask her then.

I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, you know... I thought that maybe, um... maybe after everything calmed down... uh, we could, you know, we could go to a movie or somethin' sometime?

A movie? Yeah.

Or... or a restaurant, we could go eat, you know, whatever you want to do.

Ask me again some other time, and we'll see. Okay? Yeah, of course.

All right. I will... I will... I'll see you around? I hope.

Not if I see you first.

That's the boy from school that you liked, isn't it?

He's okay.

Nice haircut.

I don't know what's keepin' you here, Doc.

What you need is a good long vacation, someplace warm.

Shit, if I was you, I'd retire and stay there. She can stay here.

So what do you think? Well, it's been floodin' up at the cemetery.

Hell, but Bob, the cemetery is downstream from me, and you know very well nothing flows upstream.

How sure are you, Doc? I'm not.

We'd have to send it to Albany, be tested positive.

That's not gonna happen, not with the flood.

What are we gonna do?

I got a state of emergency here, I can't start an investigation based on a piece of bone, I'm not even sure that its human.

I'm not asking that, Bob. I know that.

Come on, Jim, you know what this is. What?

I'm sorry, man. Aw, it's all right. You're probably right.

I'm probably clutching at straws.

Believe me, when Kimmy disappeared, we did everything we could.

She was just gone. It happens.

I wish to God it didn't, but it does.


...and the monster lived happily ever after.

No, he didn't.

What? The monster's not happy. He's crying.

What do you mean? I heard him in the basement, behind the locked door.

He's in there and he's sad.

You hush now, go to sleep, okay? Good night.

We lost Mrs. Burnett last night.

Mother is weakening by the hour, and I fear that she will not last the winter.

Father returned to us this morning with supplies of fresh meat.

Uncle Burnett continued further east in hope of reaching the outpost.

He has not returned, and I believe now that he never will.

Father says all is forgiven in the eyes of the Lord.


What if we were different? If we weren't like we are?


Come here, honey.

What are we like?

It was God chose us to be this way.

If we don't do as he asks, we get sick from the poison.

One by one we'd die. You can't hide a doubtful mind from him, honey.

He knows all, sees all.

You're stronger than you know, girl.

I know, Daddy. One more day.

I love you so much. I love you so much. I love you too.

Oh! Excuse me.

Hey, Doc. Mr. Anders.

What kind of bone you think that is?

Where'd you find this? In a washed-out creek, behind my house.

Definitely not a deer. My dad would've known, he was real good with bones.

In my humble opinion, I believe it's human remains.

Well... in that case I take your word for it, you're a doctor.

Well, I'm here because I went by to see Meeks, and told him. He just thinks I'm some kind of a nut-case, and he may be right. But... there's been three people missing from this town in the last 20 years, one of which was my daughter. I know, I remember. I was on the search party.

Yeah, I know.

But... if you extend the radius including the towns within 50 miles, there are 30 people or more missing, none of which have been found. I'm just a deputy.

Oh, I know, I'm just trying to help out. I thought, maybe it'd be useful information.

Boy, there are good folk in this town. Nice people.

Those girls just put their mother down, just died recently, and down here to help out.

The father is a bit of a whacko, if you ask me.

Hey guys, on the house. We got the power back up, but one of our fridges won't start so we have to eat everything up before it spoils.

Could I have a cup of coffee, sweetie? Sure.

I'll tell you what, Doc, how about I come over tomorrow and you can show me where you found this.

He woke up sick and then got all hot. Oh, he just has a fever. Children get fevers.

Do you have any aspirin? Yes.

Can you crush one up in a glass of milk, please?

Oh, and make sure you crush it really good. Is he gonna be okay?

Oh yeah, he'll be fine. We just gotta get him out of these wet clothes.

Sweetheart, do you have some fresh things for him?

Uh, yeah, I think.

You poor little thing.

You're so sweet.


I'm hungry.

What's goin' on?

Eh... he's got a fever. It's a wonder we ain't all sick.

All this damn rain gets in the bones.

You a good neighbor, Marge.

I'll see you out.

Listen, maybe you oughta take him to see a doctor? That costs money we ain't got.

We ain't used to sickness in this house. He'll burn it off, be fine.

Good day, Marge. You're bleeding.

Well, look at that. It must be dried out from the stove in the shed.

It's the Maker, tellin' us it's time.

Mama has gone to the Lord. Now it is just the three of us.

Father has changed greatly these past few weeks.

He keeps to himself in a back chamber of the cave, quoting scripture and weeping at night.

I suspect I know the great secret father has kept from us.

As father's mind unravels, our survival has now become my burden.

It is with love that I do this. God's will be done.

Alyce Parker. Lamb's Day, 1782.

We're gonna have to call the Kimbles.

Hold this.

Help me.

Help me. I can't do this! I can't...

We have no choice now. You're gonna leave me for that police boy.

Nothing comes between this family. Okay? Nothing!

I need you. I can not do this alone.

Please help me, Rose. Go, please help me!

I'm sorry, Mrs. Stratton. I promise you're going to a better place.

Get off me!

Iris, make it stop. Make it stop! Would you please make it stop. Please!

Please, Iris! Please, please, please...

Did you kill the monster? Yeah, yeah. Yes I did. Yes.

Tell Daddy supper is ready.

Are you okay?

I didn't know it was gonna be like that.

I won't do that again.

He can’t make me.

Nobody can, not even God.

Hi! I came by to see how the little man is doing. He's fine. Better.

I brought you some lasagna. Have to use it before it goes bad, so...

It's vegetarian.

Sweet of you. I heard somebody down in the shed earlier.

It must've been Daddy. He's the only one allowed down there. Ever.

Well, it sounded like a girl, crying.

I don't know what you think you heard, but you must be mistaken.

Thanks. Good night.

Good night.

Thank you for the sustenance we receive.

Blessed are the lamb, for they are his offering. Amen.


It's good.

Your mother would be proud.

Eat your food, Rose. Yes, Daddy. It's just hot.

Blow on it.

It takes more than a flood to bring this family to its knees.

It looks like pot glow. And what is pot glow?

Means it's been boiled.

Listen, you find anything else you give me a call. I'll be at my office at the morgue.

Fuckin' "pot glow." Thanks!

Iris! Iris, wake up!

Get up.

You should call a girl when you're gonna make a visit.

Morning, Iris.

What are you doing in my creek, Anders? Wastin' my time, gettin' my feet wet.

I don't mind so much now that you're around.

I can get you a pair of my daddy's socks. You think so?

I know so. Come on up.

So... what are you looking for?

I, uh... I probably shouldn't say, it's nothing.

You can tell me. Hell, you were the first boy I ever kissed.

You prob'ly don't remember though, do you? No, no... I remember.

So, you can tell me... what are you looking for?

The storm just washed some things way down creek.

Well, what kind of things? Bones.

We been findin' bones 'round here since I was a little girl. Deer and 'coons, mostly.

No, but Doc Barrow thinks that these are human. You're just funnin' me.

No, I swear to God, that's what he thinks.

But the sheriff, he's not buyin' it, so... so I don't know.

Let me get you those socks.

Hey, uh... Hey Iris, could I get a glass of water?


Jesus! What are you doing here, Anders? Something wrong?

No. No, uh, I just got my socks wet.

Iris was gettin' me a dry pair from upstairs. What is that?

It looks like some sort of old tooth or something. I found it out in the creek. Thanks.

So, how old are you now, Rose?

Fourteen. Fourteen...

You're growin' up. It happens.

Yes, it does.


Ah, thank you.

What's this? Some kind of bone, I found it out back.

My Daddy would know, he's good with bones.

So was mine.

You know, there's an old family cemetery up the creek a bit.

We used to go there when we were little.

There are even some stones left. How far?

Not far. Just below the falls. Maybe, uh, maybe I should take a look.

This could be from one of our relatives.

I'll show you where it is. Okay, I'd appreciate that.

You're growin' up really pretty, Rose. Just like your sister.

I'll see you later.

See you.

I think your sister's worried that I'm gonna steal you away.

Are you?



My daddy called them heat bugs. Means summer is coming.


Damn it.


Nothing. Come on, we're almost there.

Some have signs of scorching, and Y-shaped patterns, indicating a serrated blade.

T-structured incisions, indicating a flat blade, for scraping or fileting tissue from bone.

This is all your dad's land, huh? Mm-hmm.


Why? It's just a flower.

I'm not worth it, Anders. I'm not what you think I am.

I don't think you're anything but a pretty girl, who I like a lot.

I'm not pretty. Yes, you are.

Not inside. Maybe I should just take you home.

You're filth. Rory's alone.

I don't know where your sister's made off to. You get your ass home and look after your brother.


Get out of my sight. Both of you.

Hi, you've reached Deputy Anders. Sorry, I can't get to the...

This is Sheriff Meeks. I'm not here right now...

We'll take the truck once he's asleep. Then we'll head to the city and just start all over.

Just stop, okay? Everything's gonna be okay.

You're so beautiful.


You're gonna be fine. We're gonna be... fine.

Shh... It's okay.

Daddy's mad.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He ​​maketh me lie down in green pastures.

He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.

For He is with me. His rod and His staff, they comfort me.

Surely goodness and mercy...

Hi, Emily. Hey, Doc.

Is Anders in? Ah, nope, just me.

I've been tryin' to call him all afternoon. There's a new storm comin', bad reception.

He might be over at the fireworks.

Is Meeks in? He's out on call, accident on 28.

Listen hon, would you... would you mind watchin' my dog for a bit?

Ah! Oh my goodness! He's so cute!

I left something in Meeks' office, can I get it? Oh, yeah, door's unlocked. Help yourself.

Okay, thanks. You be a good dog, Zip. Did you get what you needed?

Yes, I did. Thank you so much. Oh good.

Have you seen Deputy Anders? No, not today.

You haven't seen Deputy Anders, have you?

Emma, I have seen the signs. We're comin' home to you now.

Comin' home to you now.

Comin' home to you now, sweetie.

Is Meeks around? I haven't seen Meeks in...

Father, we have kept our tradition in its purity, we seek our reward in the hereafter.

Oh, come on, Kidd. Come on, buddy, let's go.

Come on, let's go. Good boy.

Pretty, isn't it?

Honey, listen to me. You're gonna have to be a brave boy, okay?

You're gonna have to listen to me, and do what I say when I say it. Can you do that?

All right? That's a good little man.

Get ready for supper.

Good boy, Kidd.



Father, lift us from this world of goatishness, together, as one and raise us to righteousness and heavenly laity.

We have kept our tradition in its purity, and seek our reward in the hereafter. Amen.

We were lost, like the lambs.

But have found the light that will lead us home.

Let us eat.



Yes? Get the door.

I need to see your father. Come in.

Dr. Barrow. Mr. Parker.

You hungry, Doc? We have plenty.

No thank you. What's on your mind?

Well, it's rather indelicate. Leave me and the doctor have some privacy.

Let there be light.

Mind if I smoke, Doc?

How long have you had that hand tremor, Mr. Parker?

You didn't come here to discuss my health, did you, Doc?

No, I didn't. What then?

Have you seen Anders? Who?

The Deputy. Anders.

Oh. Yeah, yeah.

Was he here? This morning.

But he left.

Is there anything else? Yes, matter of fact.

Your wife suffered from a rare disorder of prion disease.

It's usually found in the native tribes of New Guinea.

And it comes from eating human flesh.

Did you kill my daughter?

Mmm... what?

Your daughter's wearing a hair clasp, that was a gift to my girl when she turned 16.

Did you eat my daughter?

I been meanin' to ask you, um...

...are you a religious man, Doc?

Tell me about my daughter.

It's not too popular these days, is it?

Tell me about my daughter.

Tell me about my daughter!

Daddy! No!

Son of a bitch!

Come here, sweetie. You're gonna be okay.

Don't you move, you're gonna be all right. Don't you go anywhere.

I'm sorry, honey. I love you.

I'm gonna go get your... your brother and your sister.

Get in.

Come on, let's go.

Get out, get out!

Marge! Marge! Marge! Marge! Please open up!

Marge! Please open up! Open up!

Marge! Please!

What the fuck is happening?


Come on.

Come on. It's all right. It's okay.

I'm sorry. Rory, Please, come on. You don't have to be afraid of the dark. I'll teach you.

I'll teach you. I'll teach you.

Rose. No.

It's okay. No.

Come home now. No. No.

Iris needs you. Iris needs you, now come on.

Iris? Iris needs you.

Yeah, she's safe. Come on.

Come on. It's okay.

Come on. Yeah, that'a girl. It's okay.

I'll take care of you.

All is forgiven, in the eyes of the Lord.

You look just like your mother.

Shhh... shhh...

No reason to cry. No reason to cry.


I love you, Daddy.