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They (2002)

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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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, 1 December 2002

Gross USA:

$12,840,842

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,446,271
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The explanation for why "They" target certain children and return later to hunt them down is ambiguous. One theory is that "They" are doing what human researchers do when we study a species which is to tag the specimen, release it, and later use the tracking device to find it again in order to chart its progress and development. Also similar to human researchers, "They" won't tag and study every single creature in the breed, just a random few to study in depth. See more »

Goofs

When Julia's car stalls on the road, she is shown sitting in the car wearing a seatbelt. After she reaches into the glove compartment and pulls out a flashlight she is no longer wearing the seatbelt. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lund: I think our night terrors may not have been induced by emotional trauma at all. Maybe something really did come for us when we were kids and planted something in us and, whatever it was, it left a mark... just like that little girl's.
Dr. Booth: And now they're coming back?
Julia Lund: Yes, and that's why the marks reappear! So that they can find us and take us back to the place in our night terrors... out of the light.
[pause]
Julia Lund: I know how it sounds.
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Alternate Versions

The work print features this alternate ending which is not available on DVD anywhere. When Julia is knocked out in the subway it cuts to 9 months later in a mental hospital. Julia convinces a panel of psychiatrists, including Dr. Booth, that she is cured. She sees one of the monsters climb through an air shaft in the ceiling, but continues to claim that "They" don't exist. She is released and goes home only to set up high-powered lights all over her apartment. The camera pulls out of her bedroom as she sits on her bed. A door creaks open in her darkened hall and it cuts to black. See more »


Soundtracks

Standing on the Edge of Summer
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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Surprisingly Good
16 June 2003 | by EphemeriisSee all my reviews

"They" is a surprisingly good thriller, the likes of which I haven't seen in quite some time. The concept of suspense seems to be something that the modern film industry has forgotten. Not so with "They". This movie lives and dies by its suspense.

There is a constant tension to the movie. Is she insane, or really being stalked by demons? Will they get her, or will she escape? Every single scene is dark and gloomy, providing plenty of opportunities for these dark demons to attack...even the ones that should be brightly lit. There's a true sense of isolation and hoplessness.

Having said all that, there is very little meat to this movie. It is basically the story of one woman fleeing from demons, both symbolicly and literally. We are never told where the demons come from, or where they go to, or what they want.... We never really see a lot of backstory, or resolution. It's just a chase. One long chase...but a suspenseful one.


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