John's Horror Banana-nanza Episode Sixty-One : Wes Craven's They

From the looks of this, we have demon kama-sutra of some sort.
From the looks of this, we have demon kama-sutra of some sort.

I absolutely adore this movie. First of all, I have to say I'm pissed at myself for choosing "Darkness Falls" over this in 2002. Turns out, Darkness Falls was barely a movie, with a third of the running time pretty much being credits. I just remember reading in "Fangoria" that the makeup for the Tooth Fairy in that movie would be the scariest of all time. Trust me. It wasn't.

So what about this movie? Well it opens with a kid getting attacked in bed. Typical for a Wes Craven movie, huh? Well, to be honest, I don't know why this is called "Wes Craven's "They" because the only thing I can find in the credits for him is that he "presented" it. Still, the beginning rings of "Nightmare on Elm Street."

Anyway, we meet Julia, who meets Billy from the beginning, now much older, in a diner. He rambles about the light and the creatures and what seems like nonsense, then to be a total jerk he shoots himself right in front of her. Don't know why he needed to drag her out there for that, but there you go.

So at Billy's wake, Julia meets Sam and Terry, who inform her that Billy had night terrors, and she must have too. That must be why he reached out to her. So despite being in the middle of a huge dissertation for school, Julia starts going nuts. She sees a creature running past her while driving home at night, then sees Billy's ghost in her jeep.

She goes to her boyfriend Paul for comfort only to find him drunk. So this continues on. She slowly goes crazier as the creatures start closing in. Terry dies at a pool late at night, although why she'd be out at night on her own if she was that afraid is beyond me. Then Sam is dragged down an elevator shaft which is an impressively suspenseful scene.

So now, all alone, Julia fails her dissertation, and goes to her child psychologist, who tells her she's hallucinating. She asks Paul to look for strange marks the creatures may have left on her as a child so they could find her later. He doesn't find any, so they have sex. Then, after being chased out of her home by the creatures, she finds a long black pin in her head which she pulls out in a chinese restaurant bathroom. She tries to tell Paul, who tries to put her to sleep. So she escapes to the subway, which shuts down, and she's locked in to fight the creatures alone.

There's more to this movie than my description really reveals. I'm not saying it lightly when I say it's one of my all-time favorites, especially with the ending, which will have you yelling at the TV. If you can ignore the false advertisement of this being another Wes Craven sleep monster movie, then you'll definitely enjoy it too.

Here. Watch the whole damn thing right now.

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callmejam 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

I love that you're doing a horror banana-nanza (lol), although I wish your synopsis was a little more vague and focused more on the elements that worked. I couldn't really get a sense of what this movie was really like. Try painting a broader picture.


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morozov924 4 years ago from Grove City, PA Author

Thank you for reading!

Yes, you're right. Some of these I almost hurried through, and for that I do need to slow down. The movie had a feeling of paranoia and hopelessness, like the character's fates were already decided. I should have delved into that more.


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callmejam 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

YES! I can tell that you'd be great just from your comment. I'll keep reading if you keep writing.


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Thefilmguy24 4 years ago

I've read the originally script to this movie and it was a totally different film and a different tone to it as well. Instead of the group of friends trying to figure out what these night terrors are about and the creatures they see, it actually starts off with the group on the way to a cabin and thats where the film begins. It's been awhile since I've read it and I'm trying to remember what happens. From what I remember ( I may be wrong) is that the creatures take kids who have night terrors and can see the creatures. Adults can't see them because they don't believe in the "monsters under the bed" stories anymore. For some reason, some of the kids are returning. I did like this movie, but I actually liked the original screenplay better before the studio had it rewritten. Good article though. Voted up.


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morozov924 4 years ago from Grove City, PA Author

That actually does sound more creative, except for the cabin part. I can't for the life of me ever figure out why people are so insistant on taking vacations to secluded cabins.


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Thefilmguy24 4 years ago

Yeah, the "cabin in the woods" thing has been played up, except for "Cabin In The Woods" where they took it in a whole different direction. Now I'm starting to remember more of the original script for "They." I remember that when the kids are taken, their parents and friends' memories are erased and they never existed. One of the kids returns and it's one of Julia's friend when they were kids and she begins remember him or something along those lines. I'm gonna have to search for it again online and read it once again.

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