Lean, mean and will leave your underpants anything but clean.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3/5
...a sporadically affecting yet undeniably uneven exercise in horror.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Definitely one of the best horror films I've seen in a while, and plays to the key of terror and our imagination provoking enough imagery without the director having to do much of anything...
First-time directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud have crafted a highly effective horror film that combines a plausible narrative with accomplished use of sound and image.
The final 20 minutes contain some of the best, uncontrived twists of any post-Sixth Sense American suspense film, but there is a good reason for that, as the co-directors reveal with a shocking epilogue.
Moreau and Palud play on the way our minds fill in the gaps of the unknown and the very primal fear of things going bump in the night.
Those who don't need all that graphic content to be jolted and unnerved may find a few things to like here.
It's refreshing to see the French finally producing a worthy entry in the horror genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
Those who like their horror served up neat, no chaser, can safely belly up to Them. It is a pared-down French thriller that trades splatter and gore for tense efficiency.
Them is more suspenseful than gory; there's little blood, but the tension gradually builds to a nail-biting level - an impressive feat, considering the movie is essentially one long chase.
Taut and remorseless, Them, which is allegedly based on actual events, is the perfect antidote to the stomach-churning gore served up by so many in the current crop of horror films.
A well-crafted jack-in-the-box toy that is more frightening in its ratcheted apprehension of what is to come than in the ultimate outcome.
Its spareness is its strength. There's no time wasted and no showy effects to detract from the situation -- just sheer tension.
There are moments in Them that are as powerful as anything in the genre in the last few years.
The movie Them revels in atmosphere, using long unbroken takes and ambient sound to lull you into complacency before unleashing nerve-jangling shocks.
If you want an hour or so of terror, put your faith in Them.
77 grueling minutes
Has a terrific slow-burning intensity as it torments its central characters (and the audience). Although it waits a bit too long to play its trump card.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Not a classic, but as a one-time theatrical experience it should scare the pee out of anyone.
| Original Score: B+