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They (2002)

They

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Critic Consensus: They fails to sustain the level of creepiness necessary to rise above other movies in the horror genre.

Movie Info

What are They planning to do to Callisto Balandash, the elegant aesthete and art collector, secure in his country house, surrounded by his period furniture, Japanese wood carvings, his cubist Picasso, his nudes, and immersed in the aroma of quince mingled with "Chevalier d'Orsay" while discussing Pure Form with his beautiful actress-mistress Spika, Countess Tremendosa?more
Rating: PG-13 (for terror/violence, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Brendan William Hood, Brendan Hood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2003
Box Office: $12.6M
Runtime:
Arts For The Free Spirit

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Cast

Laura Regan
as Julia Lund
Marc Blucas
as Paul Loomis
Ethan Embry
as Sam Burnside
Jay Brazeau
as Dr. Booth
Alexander Gould
as Young Billy
Jessica Amlee
as Young Julia
Desiree Zurowski
as Mary Parkes
Peter LaCroix
as David Parks
L. Harvey Gold
as Prof. Crowley
David Abbott
as Prof. Adkins
Mark Brandon
as Newscaster No.1
Claire Riley
as Newscaster No.2
Tamara Taggart
as Newscaster No.3
Colin Foo
as Chinese Chef
Bob Wilde
as Ghoulish Man
Ken Roberts (II)
as Male Tenant
Henry O. Watson
as Subway Engineer
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Critic Reviews for They

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (15)

It's certainly entertaining enough and made with great style, but the whole thing feels slightly undercooked.

December 6, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Stinks from start to finish, like a wet burlap sack of gloom.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The attempt to build up a pressure cooker of horrified awe emerges from the simple fact that the movie has virtually nothing to show.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Efficient, suitably anonymous chiller.

Full Review… | December 3, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

They ought to be a whole lot scarier than they are in this tepid genre offering.

Full Review… | December 2, 2002
Variety
Top Critic

Represents something very close to the nadir of the thriller/horror genre.

December 2, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for They

I've heard the original script is brilliant and inventive. So thank God 10 writers were brought in to come up with this seen it all before cack. Poor performances all round, when a lead actress in a horror can't act scared it's time to pull the plug. Add to that the fact the chaarcter is a whiny little annoying bitch who continues to go into the dark just makes her a twat. Get angry at your boyfriend for having a few drinks, blame somebody for scaring you when you walk around backwards in basements, but don't expect me to give a shit if you die or not. The creatures are are rather effective until the brief spots of light reveal them to be CGI evil. I could go on about the bad points such as a funny suicide and the fact that everybody else is killed swiftly but when the protagonist is attacked she can fight them off for a good 10 minute finale. Don't waste your time.

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Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

THEY are part of one of the worst movies I have seen in years. I'm not even sure who the fuck THEY are! Usually Wes Craven doesn't put his name on something unless it's decent. This isn't even close to decent. This is the slowest, most boring horror film I've ever seen! "Hey remember that shit that scared us 19 years ago, when we were kids, well all of a sudden it's back, so ummm call your childhood psychologist." Laura Regan is laughable, getting more upset by some crap on her finger than her friend blowing his head off in front of her, and it's just downhill from there. There is nothing scary about this film. I really have to question how shit like this even gets made.

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Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Creepy psychological horror/thriller. A student who was haunted by night terrors when she was younger realizes she may not be away from them yet as her and those close to her start experiencing some freaky shit. If you were/are afraid of the dark and always wondered what might be lurking in the corner, under the bed or in the cupboard then They will either be one of your favourite, or least favourite films ever! Its strength lays in the suggestive style of direction and feel, making They quite suspenseful at times. Quite a cool twist at the end to. This was little heard of when it came out in 2002 but fans of the kind of horror that's more suspense and tension filled as opposed of full gore should check it out.

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Adam M.

Super Reviewer

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