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

Director:

Robert Harmon

Writer:

Brendan Hood (as Brendan William Hood)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Regan ... Julia Lund
Marc Blucas ... Paul Loomis
Ethan Embry ... Sam Burnside
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Terry Alba
Jon Abrahams ... Billy Parks
Alexander Gould ... Young Billy
Desiree Zurowski ... Mary Parks
Mark Hildreth ... Troy
Jonathan Cherry ... Darren
Peter LaCroix ... David Parks (as Peter Lacroix)
Jessica Amlee ... Young Julia
Jay Brazeau ... Dr. Booth
L. Harvey Gold ... Professor Crowley
David Abbott ... Professor Adkins
Jodelle Ferland ... Sarah (as Jodelle Micah Ferland)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Sore wa noroi no kokuin. Kesshite nigerarenai [Japan] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven Presents: They See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,144,090, 27 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,840,842

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,289,543
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marc Blucas, who stars as Paul Loomis in this film, also played the character of Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996). Emma Caulfield Ford, who was his costar on the series as Anya, starred in Darkness Falls (2003), a movie in which a supernatural creature moved in the safety of darkness and was harmed by light. See more »

Goofs

Julia turns on the flashlight twice. See more »

Quotes

Billy: I'm scared.
[electricity buzzes and baby cries]
Billy: [Billy whimpers] I'm scared.
Julia Lund: There's nothing to be scared of.
Billy: You're wrong.
[cries]
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Alternate Versions

Three scenes are featured in the work print, but excluded from the theatrical release. The first two can be found on the Japanese DVD and are as follows:
  • After Julia sees the mark on the little girl's arm Dr. Booth comes into the waiting room to find her gone. She's at a hardware store instead buying various lighting supplies. The cashier asks Julia "Going camping?" and she doesn't reply.
  • Before Julia leaves for Billy's funeral she is shown in her bedroom packing. Paul makes breakfast for her and the two have an intimate moment before she leaves.
  • After Julia removes the object from her scalp she runs to Sam's apartment. As Sam is being attacked Julia is shown running through the city. She enters the building and calls out "Sam!" twice. The second time he hears her and yells back "Julia?," but he is pulled underneath the elevator. She calls out his name twice more and his body is thrown through a window and it lands on top of her. A monster on his back growls at Julia and pulls Sam's corpse into the darkness.
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Connections

References Halloween (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Moving Back Home
Written by Danny Allen
Performed by Harvette (Danny Allen, David Harris Chapple, Michael Kinkade)
Courtesy of Blue Buddha Entertainment
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not all that bad...
18 October 2004 | by foilbeanySee all my reviews

Some SPOILAGE...

I didn't think this movie was all that bad...certainly wouldn't call it trash or a classic. It did "borrow" some from "Darkness Falls" but for whatever reason, i found this a bit more creepy....maybe because i find creepy, shapeless, unseen-moving-shadow-type monsters (like those from our childhood fears) more frightening than a screeching witch-like thing flying about as if on a broomstick....i've seen the moving shapeless shadows moving in the dark corners of my room; i've yet to see a flying witchlike thing. The star could have been more voluptuous, but then that's kind of what i liked about this movie...none of the standard gore, sex, and slash. The slightly open doors of the dark closets which hid the monsters of our childhood as they observed us, worked for me; I made sure my closet doors were shut that night. Also the abandoned pool scene was somewhat of a flashback-fright for me. All in all, I thought this was an entertaining movie that was technically well done. Contrary to most, i also liked the ending. "They" definitely works better on viewers who are home alone at night...those dark areas of the house seemed a bit darker; and all the little unexplained creeks and bumps a sleeping house makes seemed more meaningful. I do wish they would have expanded more on the brief theory that darkness may be the channel used to travel from one dimension to another... In truth, there is really a limit to how many different ways a horror movie can scare you; we've seen them all over and over...it is just like a thrill ride, we all know what is going to happen; the challenge in a horror movie is to touch something in us that results in a fear response; i guess therein lies the key as to whether you like or dislike this movie.


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