A surprisingly solid genre picture that delivers first-rate atmosphere and scares. (by Li-1)
Rating: *** out of ****In this era of modern horror, it's really the little films that come through and surprise me the most, so I'm glad to include They among this recent bunch which also includes the terrifically frightening Dead End and the surprisingly funny Monster Man . I must admit to having relatively low expectations; the film was promoted with the heading "Wes Craven presents" and the film's director, Robert Harmon, hasn't done anything worth mentioning in years.But the movie works, and if it's not particularly original or outstanding, it's at <more>
least very well made and makes smart decisions i.e. a more atmospheric, quietly creepy approach that lesser films would have avoided. In fact, the movie is so low-key I'm surprised it wasn't just given a straight-to-video release, as nothing in this picture screams box office success the way a noisy, thrill ride approach that Darkness Falls employed might.They stars the very cute Laura Regan sporting an adorable haircut! as Julia Lund, a psychology grad student who's contacted by an old friend of hers. They reunite in a coffee shop, with the friend mentioning some half-comprehensible blather about "they," then kills himself right before her eyes. At his funeral, Julia meets a couple of his more recent friends played by Ethan Embry and Dagmara Dominczyk , and upon a few conversations, discover they all have something in common. They've experienced night terrors as kids and believe something in the dark that once branded them as children is now back to collect.Even running at a scant ninety minutes, it could be debated They still runs too long. The subplot with Embry and Dominczyk doesn't really go anywhere and only provides the opportunity for two lengthy sequences where we know these two are going to meet a particularly horrifying fate. Had these two scenes been less effective, I might have complained, but these setpieces are directed with the right amount of build-up, tension, and atmosphere, making the pay-off worth it. And at least those two aren't as fundamentally useless as Marc Blucas, who plays Julia's disbelieving boyfriend. It's a cliché role and nothing about him stands out in the slightest see The Grudge for a very similar role . As the lead, Laura Regan proves a very competent performer who's sympathetic and likable. The little discoveries she makes are creepy and intriguingly enthralling. There's hints of an alternate "universe" these creatures live in and the brief views we get of this world are among the film's most visually engrossing moments. The monsters themselves are mostly kept out of plain sight, kept hidden in shadows and darkness so that what little we can see only enhances the scares. The sounds they make also build a nice sense of unease, a trilling noise that gives the creatures an otherwordly feel to them, not unlike the mysterious creatures in Signs.The film is mostly a collection of effectively frightening setpieces. Most of the concepts the movie introduces are left both satisfyingly and frustratingly unresolved; there's just enough to fascinate, but maybe just a few more answers or theories would have been appreciated. They comes to an abrupt end, but that works in favor of the movie, finishing things off on a startlingly high note.
"They come for me.", - "Who comes?" ........"THEY" (by Sam_Movie_Buff)
"They" is a hidden gem, and an extremely underrated horror.This is real Horror. The kind that makes you scared to turn off your light. The physicological kind. The very thing nightmares are made of. We have all had "those dreams", whether in our childhood or adult life's. We always have a fear that something is coming for us. Something bad. We don't know what, all we know is - they are going to get us. "They" is a well crafted modern horror, with a slight old school vibe. Forget all the new high budget, best CGI Hollywood offerings. This is far better. <more>
It's now 2008 and "They" still remains in my top 10 favourite Horror movies of all time. Why? It's everything you want in a great Horror. Scary, eerie, creepy, unsettling, claustrophobic - that's what we want, right? When making a Horror movie that you want to be successful you have to have suspense - great suspense. "They" has a tremendous amount of suspense from start to end. It has all of those "No, don't go in there moments", but not like your typical, average Horror. It's different. It understands it's audience, and what the audience wants. It delivers in all the right ways. I've read a lot of bad reviews for this movie - why I don't know. It makes no sense to me. Does no one know what a great Horror movie is anymore? Has almost everyone been fooled by the oh so generic Hollywood cheap scare tactics? - maybe so. One thing I do want to point out is, "They" was released in 2002. "Darkness Falls" was released in 2003. So "Darkness Falls" took all of They's ideas. I'm tired of reading reviews were people are complaining saying how "They" ripped of "Darkness Falls". Get all the facts before you accuse. All in all "They" is one of the best Horror movies I've ever seen. It scares you to your core. It leaves a lasting impression. It's genuinely frightening. It will leave you feeling more than satisfied. Well, what are you waiting for? Get "They" now!
With all the low er -budget horrors/suspense movies popping up, this one really surprised me the most. I read the backside and thought "Oh well, could be entertaining" ..and it sure was. I prefer to watch these kinds of movies alone and in the dark, so nothing distracts me, and that sure worked. The sounds are well done, fitting, and the creatures appearances are perfect. You don't see them much which adds to the shockeffect of every attack. "Wtf is it" -moments.I read many comments on this title and disagree with most, I don't think it is average at all. It <more>
doesn't drag, the camera-work is good and the acting is not bad either. Sure it doesn't deserve an Oscar but hey, I don't like most Oscar-winning movies anyway. Grin.
Exceptionally restrained and atmospheric, for one of Wes Craven's productions. He must have been watching Val Lewton in between directing/producing Freddie Krueger, et al.A good story, with great direction, good acting, and fine camera work. Val Lewton's influence is apparent in what you DON'T see of the creatures of "They". I believe that the only clear view is that of a claw at one point in the film. Your imagination is left to fill in the blanks.Along with "The Others", "The Ring", and "Signs", I think we're seeing a rennaissance in <more>
the horror film industry from the monotonous slice-and-dice teen flicks of the '90's and '90's.
When i watched it 15 years ago, i just loved it, great horror title. I watched it several times after also, as it happens on all horror titles, watching same movie may not be same effect each time but it is just enough to make audience on the edge of their chair at first time.. Wes Craven at his best, no wonder why it is so compelling... It is really hard to understand this low ranking of the title, perhaps its because many people cannot really connect anymore to their younger self to address the emotional level of this movie. You cant really enjoy this movie if only what you like is <more>
heck&slash zombie horrors or gross entertainment... This movie is simple fear and you are gonna get it right or you are not at all... don't watch it with biased comments, just watch it...You might just love it, not because of the comments here but because you really would do...9/10
This movie was all kinds of wonderful! It keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire film. I saw it in theaters, and we had people walk out because they got so freaked out. It has a masterfully twisted ending that perfectly tops off the story. Way to go Wes for churning out another hit! Could there possibly be a sequel? I'd go see it opening day!
Quality Horror (by Butterfingers02)
This is a great horror movie, it had my girlfriend hiding behind the couch all the way through, and to be fair it had me flinching at the horrible dark lurking monsters as well! The movie itself lets the viewer use their own imagination as to what these monsters actually look like..you'll find yourself squinting trying to make out 'what the hell is that!?' A very simple storyline which does its job well. I found myself questioning 'has she gone mad? or is she truly in danger from these monsters?' only to the very end do you find the answer. The story lasts about 1hr and <more>
30mins and fits everything in nicely. I recommend this film to anyone with a good imagination.. Best watched with the Boy/Girlfriend... Seems as though a sequel is on the way!?
A slick Hollywood horror with a refreshingly dark tone. (by Zombified_660)
They has a lot to recommend it. It's unremittingly dark and suffocatingly tense in parts, and isn't hamstrung by bad acting or a cluttered plot. I found it really gripping to watch and loved it's atmospheric take on the whole psychological horror sub-genre.Released previous to the Asian horror remake boom, They is an odd hybrid of a monster film and an M. Night Shyamalan movie. It's slick, well executed and oozes good looks and thoughtful production. The film is a largely successful update of the fun horror of 90s films like Mimic and The Relic. All this taken into account, I <more>
firmly recommend it.However, They has its flaws. Main character Julia played fairly well by young actress Laura Regan is a good enough lead, but her aloof nature and damning view of the rest of the cast make her tricky to like at times, given she seems to be surrounded by concerned friends yet assumes they couldn't possibly believe what she's going through. Watching the film, you can't help but feel the eventual denouement was inevitable, given she never showed anyone what was happening or tried to get help.On top of this, They is another film that at times mistakes not being able to see what's going on for scariness. In a good chiller I need to see enough to make me scared but not enough to kill my morbid curiosity as to just what that was and whether I saw what I thought I saw. They barely shows you anything. As far as I could tell, the monster looked a bit like a Grey-style alien crossed with an Aztec mummy, but it's so fleetingly shown that you go through scared and start to become frustrated.That said, They is both very effective and bravely different. It could so easily have been another run of the mill horror thriller with a vapid cast and an attempt at self-deprecating humour, but instead it's a discomforting, dark and bleak thrill ride with tons of scares and a very unnerving premise. It won't be for everyone, and I've heard a LOT of complaints about the ending, but I thought it was great.
Decent Grade B Horror with some interesting ideas (by KDCarson)
"They" is a decent attempt at creating something new in the way of Grade B horror. It really deserves a better rating than it has gotten from IMDb users. True, it's not in the class of horror movies like "The Ring" or "Ghost Story", but it is a pretty good effort in it's own right. Some of the ideas such as the thorn mark, the night terrors, and a monster that seems to come from another dimension, are all interesting plot twists. The lead female character is definitely cute and a very elegant girl. The monsters are creepy and well thought out. I feel that <more>
Wes Craven did a good job on imagining this story. It's worth a rent if you have not seen it.