They Wait

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When a family of three returns to America for a family funeral after living in Shanghai for the past three years, a desperate mother races to save the life of her suffering child upon discovering that he has fallen victim to the wrath of a living corpse. Sarah, Jason, and their young son Sammy were living halfway across the world when they were summoned back home to pay their final respects to a beloved family member. Shortly after the funeral, however, an already grim situation takes a heart-wrenchingly bleak turn when Sammy falls mysteriously ill and appears to be on the brink of death. Failed by western medicine and desperate to save her ailing child, Sarah seeks out the assistance of a mysterious pharmacist who informs her that young Sammy is now in the grip of a living corpse. With precious little time left to appease the spirits before Ghost Month ends and their child is lost forever, the parents must now accept that fact that forces beyond their comprehension are at work and respond quickly to the demands of the dead before it's too late. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for They Wait

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (3)

  • Director Ernie Barbarash makes judicious use of CGI trickery -- in one key scene, he cleverly shocks his audience into laughing -- but at heart, he's an old-school traditionalist when it comes to scary stuff.

    May 1, 2008

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • There are elements of a good fright flick and intriguing ghost story in They Wait. It's too bad that they are overshadowed by all the bad aspects â" terrible dialogue and cheesy special effects and makeup.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Initially promising for its attempt to situate Asian supernatural motifs within a North American context, They Wait is itself too derivative of its own movie ancestors to yield fresh scares.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • The plot pieces all fit together nicely, the acting is fair and the scary stuff is well executed.

    Jan 25, 2008
  • ...a tedious and downright silly piece of work.

    Sep 24, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for They Wait

  • Sep 16, 2010
    Quite good and interesting.
    The B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2009
    This movie is SO boring it's not even funny. There's literally ONE scare in the entire movie and that scare is very cheap. So there's really nothing going for this movie at all. It's not a terrible movie but I don't know, something was just lacking. There's only one remotely interesting thing about this movie is that it's, supposedly, inspired by true events. Other than that, there's nothing interesting about this movie so you won't be missing out on anything if you decide to skip this movie. At least I watched it on free tv, I'd have been mighty pissed off had I paid to see this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2008
    Sarah (Jamie King), Jason (Terry Chen), and their son Sammy (Oey), return to Vancouver for his uncle's funeral. Sammy and Sarah see ghosts and Sammy gets very sick. The movie is about Sarah first realizing what she is seeing, and then finding out what the ghost wants if she is going to save Sammy. The movie is scary enough plus you get to learn a bit of Canadian-Asian history.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2008
    Here is an interesting one! An intriguing story plot. Interesting cast. Definitely worthy.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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