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They Wait (2007)

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A young mother and her six-year-old son come face to face with the mysteries of two murders and a great crime against the Chinese community into which they have recently arrived from Shanghai.

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Ernie Barbarash

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Trevor Markwart (story), Trevor Markwart (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime King ... Sarah
Terry Chen ... Jason
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Aunt Mei (as Cheng Pei Pei)
Henry O Henry O ... Pharmacist
Regan Oey Regan Oey ... Sam
Colin Foo ... Raymond
Tseng Chang ... Xiang
Michael Biehn ... Blake O'Connell
Vicky Huang ... Shen
Donald Fong Donald Fong ... Ben
Wally Houn Wally Houn ... Pang
Stephen Chang ... Funeral Director (as Stephen MD Chang)
Donny Lucas ... Sam's Doctor
Suzanne Bastien Suzanne Bastien ... Nurse #1
Erika Conway ... Nurse #2
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A couple returns to North America for a family funeral, having lived in Shanghai, China for the previous six years. Soon after they arrive, their son Jamie begins to see ghosts and suffer possession by one of the living dead, and it all ties in with the Chinese festival of Ghost Month, when the doors of hell supposedly open and angry spirits are given the chance to terrorize the living. Written by Fangoria

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They are the Hungry Ghosts, THEY WAIT For the seventh day, To tell their stories See more »


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Rated R for some violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2009 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

30 Jours de terreur See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sleeper Hit of Toronto Festival
2 October 2007 | by metro-broadwaySee all my reviews

I caught this at the Toronto Festival like the other reviewer and was very surprised by how entertaining it was. A terrific ghost story. Jaime King puts in a very strong performance and the whole cast is solid. It's been a while since I've witnessed entire audiences jumping in fright and screaming. There is incredible atmosphere in the film and the underlying story is actually quite brilliant in the way it combines multiple cultures, the immigrant experience, Chinese folklore and actual history and fuses it into a genuine crowd-pleasing genre film. Highly original on that front. I'm a pretty well-rounded J-horror freak-boy and I couldn't see any clichés here which was amazing. Great work from director Barbarash as well.

I'm giving it an 8 as it was certainly the cream of the Canadian film crop at the festival (not withstanding Eastern Promises, which is not a Canadian story with Canadian actors). There is an obvious very large audience for it and it's well made. Looking at the IMDb scores, while I write this, there's a couple dozen 1's dragging the score down. How could that be? This is a pretty good film! Is this because Uwe Boll has his name attached as an executive producer? People are rating it with 1's and trashing it on their blogs without even seeing it. Sad. What a shame for the sincere filmmakers behind this quality movie.


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