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



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First comes the warning. Then comes the mark. Then comes the terror. See more »

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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  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£225,867 (UK) (1 November 2002)


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

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In the original unaltered script by Brendan Hood, the plot dealt with a group of four recent college grads who discover that Earth is actually run by a race of organic machines which allow the human race to exist so that they can kill them and harvest their corpses for 'spare parts' as "Their" bodies break down and deteriorate. See more »


When Julia is in the room at the hospital (doctor's) after she is found in the subway, the window changes. It is perfectly see-through when they pick her up off the floor and put her on the bed and when she goes to get up to look out the door, the window now has what looks like thin bars on it and you can no longer see clearly out of it. See more »


Terry: [talking about Sam] The guy engages his mouth before his brain sometimes.
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Written by Amy Foster-Gillies (as Amy Foster Gillies) and Martin Terefe
Performed by Amy Foster-Gillies (as Amy Foster Gillies)
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We should be asking 'why'?
5 November 2003 | by (Oakville, Ontario) – See all my reviews

What ever happened to Wes Craven? A horror director/collaborator who gave us such unnerving films as A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent And the Rainbow, and I am even willing to concede to the campy Swamp Thing of 1982. But then came the 90's, and Wes began producing such awful films as A Vampire in Brooklyn with Eddie Murphy, Shocker and maybe the worst film of 1991, The People Under The Stairs. Wes began to get some credibility back with the Scream trilogy and New Nightmare in 1994, but just as things looked to be back on track, he puts his name above the title of `They'.

"They" is a ho-hum horror film directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher 1986) and written by newcomer Brandan Hood. "They" refers to monsters in the dark that track young twenty-somethings who used to have bad dreams (known as Night Terrors) in their youth and now believe that creatures are tracking them with the worst of intentions. Ho-Hum.

Laura Regan plays Julia Lund, a young physiatrist wannabe, who after witnessing the suicide of a friend, begins to have a recurrence of night terrors and begins to believe that someone or something is out to get her. Ho-Hum.

Soon, others begin to share with Julia that they are also experiencing bad dreams and that strange markings are appearing on their bodies just before each of their disappearances. One by one, they are hunted by the creatures in the night while Julia tries desperately to get others to believe her story. Ho-Hum.

The story doesn't really matter. Director Robert Harmon has produced a movie that takes the Horror Film Playbook and follows it step by step to the eventual conclusion. There are angled camera shots, flickering lights, constant rain, flashlights that stop working at the most inopportune time, creaky doors that open on their own, windows that fail to open, abandoned subways, and my favourite, a loud phone ring breaking up a tense and silent screen moment. Ho-Hum.

It's not so much that this movie is bad (it is), but rather that it offers absolutely nothing new. We know once each character is left alone, they are next on the body count, we know that no one will listen to the main character, until she goes mad, and we know that the creatures will knock each character off until the last, cutest one remains. Ho-Hum.

Robert Harmon has been associated mostly with television credits in his young career, and it shows. The movie plays like a Stephen King short story adapted to TV rather than something you are expected to dish out $10 plus for. We don't even get to see the creatures in any detail, but rather, they run and lurk in the shadows as if the CGI budget was not big enough to exploit.

Lastly, what marketing genius gave the green light to the title? A horror film with a one word title that is a pronoun? If you asked me, if the studio was set on a one word marquee, I would have suggested `Why'?

Grade: D

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