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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.



Total Count: 52


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A young couple lead a happy, quiet life in the countryside. But little do they know they're being surrounded. When night falls, the couple will come face to face with THEM. They are everywhere, even in their home. Who are they? What do they want? The answers will take them to the very limits of fear itself.

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  • Sep 06, 2013
    Ils doesn't try to be more than what it is and that's where most of it's success resides. It's not inventing the wheel, it's not super surprising and almost everything about it could be described as average. What it does so well is creating unbearable moments of tension while it lasts for it's short running time. There's not an exact story to be found here but the tormented couple are fleshed out enough to make the intense taunt and persuit sequences work really really well. Also, every scene is there for a reason, there's no filler at all, if by the end of it you recall what went through. It's saying something, but it's not being preachy or pointing fingers, leaving things ambiguous enough. The soundtrack is not intrusive, the sound design is super minimalistic and good scares are found through and through.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    Intensity maintained throughout the film. It was much better than The Strangers, but the ending was disappointing.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2012
    An incredibly tense and unnerving movie to watch, Them is intensely suspenseful for every moment of the movie, save for a few minutes of exposition. It scares while showing little to no gore, leaving most of the horror to your imagination. I'm surprised it doesn't have better reviews, as it really does a great job of providing paranoid thrills while never outstaying its welcome at a mere running time of 76 minutes. I would recommend this to just about anyone, and given the brief running time, there's no reason not to watch it.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2012
    Though undeniably tensed and thrilling, Ils didn't get away from two things that I hate about horror films: First, the dumb/annoying protagonists. Secondly, were the unexplained superpowers of the antagonists, which (in this particular film) were super elusiveness, levitation, can pass through walls and invisibility.
    August S Super Reviewer

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