CC: They (2002)

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Friday, September 6, 2013

CC: They (2002)

I may be pushing the concept tonight.  I had actually found a connection between the Lovecraft Mythos and Wes Craven but as hard as I try to find the reference it fails to materialize.  Hmm, “The Serpent and The Rainbow” has a definite Mythos feel.  We can play four degrees of separation Cthulhu style, Robert W. Chambers wrote “The King in Yellow” which was an inspiration to Lovecraft, the same story inspired Ingmar Bergman to write and film “The Virgin Spring” in 1960 and Craven’s “The Last House on The Left” is amazingly similar in it’s story.  That will have to do since I don’t have time to find another film to talk about.

They (2002)

  • Directed: Robert Harmon
  • Produced:
    • Ted Field
    • Tom Engelman
  • Written: Brendan Hood
  • Starring: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams
  • Music: Elia Cmiral
  • Cinematography: Rene Ohashi
  • Editing: Chris Peppe
  • Studio:
    • Focus Features 
    • Good Machine 
    • Radar Pictures
  • Distributed: Dimension Films
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: November 27, 2002
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

They (also known as Wes Craven Presents: They) is a horror film directed by Robert Harmon that was released in 2002.  The plot centers on the phenomenon of night terrors and their impact on the lives of adults who experienced them as children.

They tells the story of a Psychology grad student named Julia (Laura Regan) and an event that turns her life upside down.  As a child she experienced horrifying night terrors, but has seemingly overcome the problem.  She reunites with a childhood friend, Billy (Jon Abrahams), and he tells her that he believes their night terrors are caused by something otherworldly and warns her to stay out of the dark, before suddenly committing suicide.

At his funeral, Julia meets two of Billy's friends who slowly begin to believe his claims.  Julia's night terrors return and she begins to doubt her perception of the world around her.  It turns out her mental illness is caused by creatures only she can see who are attempting to consume her.  As she tries to flee them, Julia ends up nearly being consumed by them but narrowly manages to escape and her illusions cause her to harm innocent people.

She is hospitalized at a mental institution where she is attacked once more and transported into a separate dimension inside of a closet, here she screams for help towards doctors and orderlies who cannot see her.  The closet door is shut by one of the doctors and the creatures proceed to attack her.

The original spec dealt with a group of four recent college grads who discover that Earth is actually run by a race of organic machines which allow the human race to exist so that they can kill them and harvest their corpses for "spare parts" as their own bodies break down and deteriorate.  Shortly thereafter, the machines begin to eliminate the students, not only killing them but using their influence and abilities to wipe the memories of their family and friends—making it as though they never existed.

Though Brendan Hood is credited as screenwriter, he only came up with the basic idea.  Everything in his original draft was subsequently written out by the producers, and it's estimated that up to 10 people have worked on the script.

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