television, wars, reality is it all real? This may be a question asked
throughout the film, which is focused on the psychological aspects of fear.
It is about how much of our world is a part of reality and other profound
characteristics of our psyche. This philosophical problem arises in this
psychological thriller that will unnerve even the most hardened horror fan.
Julia is a Psychology
student who is currently studying her masters in the area of fear and trauma.
She witnesses the suicide of a close friend who seemed to induce a series of
unusual occurrences. Lights start dimming or not working and creatures from
your worst nightmares come out to play. Julia’s boyfriend (or is it? Mua ha
ha) tries to calm her down but to no avail. Billy (the guy who shot himself)
had friends he left behind in the wake and Julia attempts to pick up the
pieces. Julia sees her childhood psychiatrist who attempts to unravel the
mystery that is out to get her. At first, with all the friends of Billy start
getting a wound on a part of the body which they perceive as a marker for
eventual capture by these hellish creatures. Julia is frightened of getting
the marker that will seal her fate.
The panoramas seen in this
film are some of the most ambitious bits of photography seen. These are the
pictures in frame, which are used to evoke fear and dread. For example the
scene with Julia driving her car the director intentionally shoots Julia from
the side with the window in view and the audience will never cease to wonder
at whether “they” will come smashing through the window at some point.
The film was one of the
better ones and Laura Regan does a great job at creating a sense of dread.
The psychological analysis that she does is very thought provoking and
interesting. “They” explores the edges of our fear awareness and you may find
from witnessing all the analysis of this emotion, very handy for the fears
that confront us all. Because from understanding comes confidence and this
right of passage like film will get the cogs of thought really ticking. It
confronts childhood fears and blatantly points out the difference from reality
and our dreams.
The menu at the beginning
is static and the special alternate ending is an absolute treat. Interesting
enough to watch several times over even after witnessing the twist at the
end. Pure genius! The sound is also excellent and also in Dolby 5.1
thankfully and it will keep you listening to every detail in the dialogue to
find hints about the outcome.
As a fan of horror either
in game or in film I can gladly recommend this film. There is an alternate
ending and must be watched, as it will cause more understanding of what the
filmmakers set out to do. This creation is one of the best of its kind and it
is unique enough to stand out. The reason being that the ending whilst
shocking will certainly disempower any phobia in its tracks. If you are a bit
of a coach behavioural scientist then you must see this film.
- Alternate Ending
- Theatrical Trailer