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...Written by
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I don't think I'm alone. Poe, I think - I think he saw them too. His writing's dark and hopeless and he went crazy too and I...
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Three scenes are featured in the work print, but excluded from the theatrical release. The first two can be found on the Japanese DVD and are as follows:
After Julia sees the mark on the little girl's arm Dr. Booth comes into the waiting room to find her gone. She's at a hardware store instead buying various lighting supplies. The cashier asks Julia "Going camping?" and she doesn't reply.
Before Julia leaves for Billy's funeral she is shown in her bedroom packing. Paul makes breakfast for her and the two have an intimate moment before she leaves.
After Julia removes the object from her scalp she runs to Sam's apartment. As Sam is being attacked Julia is shown running through the city. She enters the building and calls out "Sam!" twice. The second time he hears her and yells back "Julia?," but he is pulled underneath the elevator. She calls out his name twice more and his body is thrown through a window and it lands on top of her. A monster on his back growls at Julia and pulls Sam's corpse into the darkness.
While preparing for the examination of her Master Degree in Psychology, Julia Lund (Laura Regan) is called by her friend from childhood Billy Parks (Jo Abrahams) to meet him in a bar. They both had nightmares when they were children, and Billy is totally disturbed with demons from the dark that would be chasing him and commits suicide in front of Julia. The traumatic experience, plus the meeting with two friends of Billy, Sam Burnside (Ethan Embry) and his girlfriend Terry Alba (Dagmara Dominczyk), in the funeral make Julia having nightmares again. When Sam tells her that they four have been tagged in their childhood, and demons are coming to get them to the darkness, Julia becomes afraid of the dark and asks for help to her boyfriend Paul Loomis (Marc Blucas).
"They" is a promising good movie that fails in the conclusion, which is not satisfactory. This movie is not totally bad, but I prefer "Fear of the Dark" (2002), which explores the same theme using the psychological factor of the common fear of the dark that children might have. The option in "They" of making the demons real, with reasonable special effects, is sillier, unexplained and not so scary. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Habitantes da Escuridão" ("Inhabitants of the Darkness")
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