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Them (2007)




Critic Consensus: Suspenseful and tense from start to finish, the French horror film Them proves that a lack of gore doesn't mean a dearth of scares.

Movie Info

Co-writers and directors David Moreau and Xavier Palaud's French-language horror picture Them take audiences on a ride of sheer terror as a couple fight for their life when an assault on their home turns deadly. The story opens with the homicide of two Romanians -- a woman and her young daughter -- who crash their car along a rural road and are promptly butchered by a shadowy figure. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, schoolteacher Clémentine (Olivia Bonamy) climbs into her car and drives to the isolated mansion that she inhabits with partner Lucas (Michaël Cohen), not far from the site of the murders. Soon the couple overhears someone stealing their car, but a call to the police accomplishes little. The lovers gradually realize that an outsider is attempting to break into the house with homicidal intent. Thus begins a nasty, brutal battle of wills that can only end in the death of the victims or the assailants.more
Rating: R (for some violence/terror)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008
Dark Sky Films - Official Site


Olivia Bonamy
as Clémentine
Emanuel Stefanuc
as Adolescent #1
Horia Ioan
as Adolescent #2
Stefan Comic
as Adolescents
Stefan Cornic
as Adolescent #3
George Iulina
as Adolescents
George Iulian
as Adolescent #4
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Critic Reviews for Them

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A nerve-wracking finale, a 30-minute chase through the house's catacombs, followed by a closing image that will chill you to the bone.

September 14, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Them is Haneke on training wheels.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The fright is crafted well enough, but the twist at the end calls for more originality than filmmakers David Moreau and Xavier Palud wield.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Them


A horror film but not. When the ending hits it makes the terror so much more shocking in my opinion.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The story and the starting of the movie looked and sounded like it was going to be something very scary. But it wasn't. I must say that this was a bit creepy until I found out who was them (and that blew me away....far far away). What irritated me a bit was when that woman was making a whole lot of noise when she was in the attic. That was pretty cheap move don't you think? I think it was a decent movie. The ending was .

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


From the opening kill sequence, Them sets up a rule that it will maintain straight through its 76 minute running time: the ability for the victims to see their attackers is limited to the sides of the frame. The rule works to set up suspense, but in a practical standpoint, it creates a ridiculous amount of illogical sequences where any real person, including the blind, could see the killers coming from a mile away.
Writer/directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud have decided to stand apart from their extremely gory French horror art house siblings, opting for a more Hitchcockian approach where very little violence happens onscreen and most of the film's suspense comes from the long, stretched out periods of silence before the onslaught. This is perhaps the film's greatest strength, and its first 40 minutes continue the promise of a unique, edge of your seat home invasion thriller. And then as the final act slowly approaches, things go awry.
Clementine (Olivia Bonamy) and Lucas (Michael Cohen) play a young married couple new to Bucharest. They find a secluded home where they can have peace and quiet. Problem: Who in their right mind buys a big house in the middle of nowhere especially when they're new to the country? Maybe they have their reasons, but the film never explains why they decide to do this, and I can't relate to it because anyone I know who's moved to Toronto from another country has bought a place in the heart of the city, or as close to their work as possible. Without any reason, this secluded farm house seems too much like a horror movie cliche.
But forget about that. Home invasion movies almost always involve busted phone lines, power outages and a chase into the woods, and Them is no different. As mentioned before, the killers are rarely seen onscreen, yet they're everywhere and anywhere. But unless you're in a horror movie, I don't know how you can stand alone in the middle of the woods, quietly look around, and not hear someone come up behind you. Leaves and twigs make a lot of noise. The fight or flight paradigm that Clementine and Lucas find themselves in becomes more of a fight against physics and logic. I can't see how killers can know every nook and cranny of a house better than the tenants. I really feel for these characters because the script has found every contrived way to stack the odds against their chance of survival, so Them becomes more of an exercise in plot manipulation than minimalist horror.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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