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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Burnside
Young Billy
Mary Parks
David Parks (as Peter Lacroix)
Dr. Booth
Professor Crowley
Professor Adkins
Sarah (as Jodelle Micah Ferland)


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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When darkness falls, you better watch your back!!! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


L. Harvey Gold and Jay Brazeau would go on to collaborate on Watchmen (2009). See more »


When Julia gets out of the car, the warning signal lights are off. In the next shot they're blinking. See more »


Julia Lund: Sarah, do you have bad dreams?
Sarah: Sometimes.
Julia Lund: What happens in your dreams?
Sarah: They come for me.
Julia Lund: Who comes?
Sarah: They.
Julia Lund: Why do they come for you?
Sarah: To eat me.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: It Follows (2015) See more »


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Written by Geoff Rickly, Tim Payne, Tom Keeley, Tucker Rule, and Steve Pedulla
Performed by Thursday
Courtesy of Victory Records, Inc.
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Falls Short Again and Again
25 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What happens in the dark? Do monsters lurk in our closets and under our beds? Are they coming for us? Some children think so... and they may just be right. A small group of adults begins to be terrorized by "night terrors", a condition that causes them to believe they are being visited by creatures. Are they? This film was very hit and miss with me. While I have to say it wasn't overall one of the better films I've seen, including some questionable acting and just a rough plot... it has a really good basic story beneath it, some interesting scientific backbone, and a nice role for Ethan Embry. I would have enjoyed more Embry and less of the lead actress, who was not someone I was able to sympathize with.

The film was produced by Wes Craven, which is supposed to be a draw, but anyone following the horror scene knows two things: the producer has very little effect on the finished product, and even if he did, Craven's best years are probably behind him. Even with occasional success like "Scream", he will likely never regain his once-cherished mantle. This film doesn't help.

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