It has only been a year since we lost horror legend Wes Craven (he passed away in August 2015) and with that said I needed to watch a film of his for this year. Not only did Wes Craven direct films (Scream), but he also served as an executive producer for a lot of them including today’s film entitled They. Back in 1983, young Billy (Alexander Gould) was victim to an attack from the monsters under his bed, but it haunts him for the rest of his life. Now we go 19 years later and Julia (Laura Regan) is a psychology major that used to suffer from night terrors as a child. All of that is awoken when adult Billy (Jon Abrahams) pays her a visit and kills himself. Now Julia has to figure out a way to battle the creatures in the dark before its too late. The film also stars Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait) as Sam Burnside, Dagmara Dominczyk (The Count Of Monte Cristo) as Terry Alba, Marc Blucas (We Were Soldiers) as Paul Loomis, Desiree Zurowski (Big Eyes) as Mary Parks, Mark Hildreth (Planet Hulk) as Troy, Jonathan Cherry (Final Destination 2) as Darren, Jay Brazeau (Insomnia) as Dr. Booth, and the film was directed by Robert Harmon (The Hitcher).
Wes has always found a way to ruin the idea of sleeping at night whether it was directly with A Nightmare On Elm Street or as the executive producer for this film. What is everyone’s usual fear as a child? It’s that there is monsters under the bed or in the closet and it so bad that you can have any part of your body hanging off the bed. So, they play off of those fears in this film because some people are still afraid of the dark. The things or monsters known as they remind me of a a popular Netflix series entitled Stranger Things and I’ll explain. Spoiler Alert Warning: Do not read any further for fear of any details getting spoiled for you. So basically “They” live in an alternate dimension in the film that we as humans cannot see which is exactly like the Upside down in Stranger Things because that is where you get dragged into in this film. When you watch the film, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when you are brought there. The film definitely tries for those cheap scares with the lights going out and the monster stalking you while you hear him growl in the dark, etc.I definitely appreciated the film, but it wasn’t very scary in the end unless you’re afraid of monsters in the closet or the dark. With all of that being said, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.