A psychology student finds all her childhood fears and phobias becoming real after a traumatic event.



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After witnessing a horrific and traumatic event, Julia Lund, a graduate student in psychology, gradually comes to the realization that everything which scared her as a child could be real. And what's worse, it might be coming back to get her... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven Presents: They  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£225,867 (UK) (1 November 2002)


$12,693,621 (USA) (3 January 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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"They" cannot tolerate light in the film and recoil at the moment of contact though the reason why is unexplained. One interpretation is that the the same way we can't tolerate the extreme levels of heat on Venus, "They" can't exist in light. Another explanation, that makes sense if you think of Them as interdimensional creatures, is that darkness is how they get in and out of our dimension. This is clear in two scenes. When Julia hits one of the creatures, she can see its corpse laying on the roadside. When she flashes her flashlight on it, it's gone but there again when her flashlight dies. In another scene, the creature in the air duct leaps at Terry but disappears when the flames from the lighter fill the vent. In other words, "They" can't go into light for the same reason as we can't go into rock, "They" can't exist in the same space where light exists. See more »


When Julia's car stalls on the road, she is shown sitting in the car wearing a seatbelt. After she reaches into the glove compartment and pulls out a flashlight she is no longer wearing the seatbelt. See more »


Julia Lund: [to Paul] They grabbed me in my apartment! In my apartment, they tried to get me!
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References Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) See more »


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"They come for me.", - "Who comes?" ........"THEY"
10 February 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"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.

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!

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