What We Become is shaping up to be one hell of a successful vampire flick, having played at a multitude of festivals including Fantastic Fest, Stockholm’s Twilight Zone, and Helsinki’s Night Visions; and now, thanks to Twitch, we have a new poster that reaffirms its awesomeness. This piece was created by the ultra talented Phantom City Creative, which has a reputation for creating weird and wonderful film art.
And make sure that you catch What We Become before the inevitable Hollywood remake. It is, after all, a Scandinavian film. A Hollywood remake comes customary as standard.
The summer is shaping up to be perfect for the Johansson family. The weather is gorgeous, and the community warm and friendly. Even teenaged Gustav is feeling good about life in general, thanks to the new girl who has just moved in across the street. But this perfect suburban life is abruptly shattered by the arrival of a mysterious virus. Unexplained deaths are followed by panic and a full lockdown, families sealed into their homes by patrolling bio-suited soldiers. With things quickly escalating and no information forthcoming, it isn’t long before Gustav takes matters into his own hands.
The debut feature from writer-director Bo Mikkelsen, WHAT WE BECOME offers a compelling vision of life pushed to extremes. A gorgeously executed picture that prizes its characters as much as the elements of genre film, WHAT WE BECOME exemplifies the new Nordic Twilight movement – a wave of intelligent, character-driven genre pictures including the likes of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and WHEN ANIMALS DREAM.
Blessed with a uniformly strong cast, Mikkelsen is not shy at all about the horror elements of his debut picture but is also smart enough to understand that the lasting resonance – the real weight of the film – comes from first creating a believable and empathetic cast of characters. The horror that unfolds is all the more terrifying for just how grounded and plausible it all is. An accomplished editor and cinematographer, as well as a writer-director with a solid handful of high-end short films under his belt, Mikkelsen arrives on the scene seemingly fully formed with his debut feature. Expect this to be the beginning of a long and compelling career.