They (2002 film)
They, AKA Wes Craven Presents: They (2002 film)
"Are you afraid of the dark? You should be. First comes the warning. Then comes the mark. Then comes the terror. The Terror is real." A psychology student finds all her childhood fears and phobias becoming real after a traumatic event.
- Release Date: 2002
- Country/Language: US/Canada, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror
- Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
- Starring: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry
- Director: Robert Harmon
- Writer: Brendan Hood (as Brendan William Hood)
- Producer/Production Co: Wes Craven (executive producer with little else to do with the film), Dimension Films, Focus Features, Radar Pictures
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- Rated: PG-13 (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, brief Nudity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)
Bizarre little creatures drag people away to an eldritch, shadowy Dreamland.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Rich Cline at Shadows on the Wall (2.5/5 Stars) (link) - "The film is wafer thin. The scares only exist for their own sake; the story has no real sense of threat until the very end."
- Marc Savlov at The Austin Chronicle (2/5 Stars) (link) - "They does have a slam-bang, nightmarish final sequence that puts you in mind of H.P. Lovecraft's mad literary visions, which alone is nearly enough to elevate Harmon's otherwise middling film to greater horrific heights. But of course "nearly" only really counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and the occasional giant radioactive ant."
- Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "The most frustrating thing altogether about They is that the script, which was apparently the subject of numerous rewrites, explains absolutely nothing about what is happening. There is no explanation of who or what They are or why They have marked and are coming back for the various characters in the film."
- Charles Tatum at Charles Tatum's Review Archive (2/5 Stars) (link) - "The basic flaw with They is the lousy execution of the premise. Childhood monsters coming back for adult victims is a good idea, but the script was given the go-ahead without any explanation as to where the creatures come from, why they mark certain victims, etc."
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A psychology student finds all her childhood fears and phobias becoming real after a traumatic event.
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Associated Mythos Elements
- race: "They" - compare to Faeries, Deros, Worms of the Earth, Serpent Men, or perhaps to Zoogs
- location: the Other Side, "Their" realm, a shadowy netherworld; an Astral Realm?