Wes Craven Presents: They

It's sad when horror movies don't even try. Wes Craven Presents: They is a boring attempt at horror, the makers seemed off-put enough that they didn't even write a coherent story. Apparently, the biggest original idea was to change the word "nightmare" to "night terror." See, "terror" makes it sound scarier. Ooohhh! There is a shell of a story supplemented with dark sets, and plenty of opportunities to make the viewer jump, which apparently is what many filmmakers thing "horror" is (that and unnecessary gore, which They surprisingly doesn't have). It seems that some of the children who had night terrors growing up are having a recurrence.

Julia (Laura Regan, Someone Like You, Unbreakable) is one of those people. Julia is a stressed graduate student prepping for her thesis defense, so night terrors are not exactly a welcome thing. A childhood friend who also had these nightmares came to warn her that something was happening, before committing suicide right in front of her. He believed that something was after them. It didn't get them when they were kids, so now it is coming back for them as adults. Julia's boyfriend Paul (Marc Blucas, Sunshine State, We Were Soldiers) thinks she is just stressing over finals. Then she meets Sam (Ethan Embry, Sweet Home Alabama, Manfast) and Terry (Dagmara Dominczyk, The Count of Monte Cristo, Rock Star), two people who are also having night terrors. They also believe something is after them.

That's really all there is to Brendan William Hood's (The Darklings) script. He touches on something that could have made They much more insightful; Julia may be imagining everything because of extreme anxiety over her looming defense. By glancing upon this and subsequently ignoring it, Hood and director Robert Harmon (The Crossing, Gotti) shows how little thought went into the movie. This is a lazy movie that comes across as boring and dull. The story never makes much sense at all, and Regan comes across more shrill than anything else. The 'jump' moments serve only to wake up the audience. The darkness is slightly effective in creating a mood, but nonexistent plotting undermines any efforts Harmon made. Craven should be more careful when adding his name to movies. Dracula 2000 was barely serviceable. They is not.

Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 30 minutes, Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sexual content, and language.

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