TheyNovember 27, 2002
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…
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 4.7/10 (7,670 voted)
Critic's Score: 31/100
Stars: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry
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…
(as Peter Lacroix)
L. Harvey Gold
(as Jodelle Micah Ferland)
Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.
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Release Date: 27 November 2002
Filming Locations: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £225,867
(3 November 2002)
Did You Know?
Though Brendan Hood is credited as screenwriter, he only came up with the basic idea. Everything in his original draft was subsequently written out by the producers, and it's estimated that up to 10 people have worked on the script.
Errors in geography:
When Julia looks through documents from her case as a child, we see the letterhead of State Mental Health Assoc… in Center City, Washington 20158. All ZIP codes in Washington state begin with 98- or 99-. The ZIP code listed would be in Virginia.
[Talking about Sam]
Guy engages his mouth before his brain sometimes.
not all that bad…
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.