What so often surprises me about stories is how they stay with you, little pieces slip into your consciousness and don't let go. Phrases whose origins you've long forgotten find a way back to their source. That moment of 'oh my!' when you realise that the 'ay yi yi' you've been saying for years came from that goofy robot who hung out with the original Power Rangers.
This film had a lot of those for me.
'They' (a Wes Craven film) opens to a little boy lying in bed who unsurprisingly, is afraid of the dark.
(I think this was the trend in the 2000's)
Hint : ‘the blanket over the head foetal position’ has never been scientifically proven to prevent monster attack.
3/5 Although the story was great & thought provoking I felt like there was something missing. I’m not sure quite what that was but it hasn’t stopped me enjoying this film more than once.
Take from that what you will.
Nothing jarring, it still holds up.
That is all I have to say about that.
The bathroom scene was great!
(& no it's not what you're think)
The heroine is not just believable but also extremely resourceful – there are no WTF moments in this one.
She just gets it done.
I’m surprised (& sorry that) Laura Regan doesn’t get more work.
The car scene I felt was reaching a little, if anything it was the most typically 90’s horror film thing in the whole movie.
The main story line follows Julia Lund a psychology student
(played by Laura ‘how does your hair always look so dang good’ Regan) who is only a week away from presenting her final Thesis. After receiving an ill timed phone call from an old friend she hurries out to meet him at the local dinner. Her friend, who incidentally is also the boy from the opening sequence, freaks out.
He shouts about how children can sense them, how they always stay in the dark, but when the lights begin to flicker heralding the coming blackout it is all too much for him and he shoots himself, as you do.
Julie spends the rest of the movie being forced to answer questions she is desperately trying not to ask.
You will ask yourself a few too.
Maybe even rethink your adult views about the relationship between light switches and unlit rooms.
Other highlights include:
*Marc Blucas (remember him from Buffy?) plays the best boyfriend in the history of the universe, truly this man is magnificent. Few balanced relationships are so well portrayed on screen.
*That creepy little girl (Jodelle ‘yes my eyes are really this big’ Ferland) who seems to be in every horror movie ever made also makes a brief appearance. She has credits in: Silent hill, Carrie 2002, Cabin in the woods, the Tall man and even *winces* Twilight.
Overall 'They' gave me some nightmare fuel concerning the worst places to be trapped alone in the dark
It's always nice to have a little something to mull over while you brush your teeth.
I’d probably put this one down as a date movie.