Release Date: August 17th, 2007 (Cinema Village) by Dark Sky Films and Slow Hand Releasing.
The Cast: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Moca, Maria Roman, Camelia Maxim, Alexandru Boghiu, Emanuel Stefanuc, Horia Ioan, Stefan Cornic, George Iulian
Directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.
In French with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Clementine (Bonamy) and Lucas (Cohen), a young couple, experience strange sights and sounds while staying at their rental house. Inspired by true events.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Them has more real scares than most horror films nowadays. In the intense opening scene, something unknown and unseen terrorizes and kills a mother and daughter who pull over their car on a deserted road in the middle of the night. This brief foreshadow just gives you a small taste of what will happen to a young couple, Clementine and Lucas, when they move into a rental house isolated in a Romanian forest. Once Clementine hears the first strange noise at night, the tension doesn't relent. She knows that someone or something has entered the house but neither she, Lucas nor the audience knows precisely what it is—or whether or not it’s supernatural, for that matter. Co-writers/directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud set up many frightening moments that make you feel like you’re watching The Blair Witch Project given the handheld camera and that many scenes take place with pitch-black backgrounds. Fortunately, they factor in the “less is more” rule: with more questions than answers, there’s more suspense and mystery, especially during a chase sequence through the woods. They wisely put you in the victims’ shoes which allows so that you go along with them for the intense ride and feel surprised when they are in the somewhat revealing third act. It’s amazing how such an eerie, nerve-racking atmosphere can be set with so little gore and special effects. At a running time of only 78 minutes, Them will terrify you from to finish.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: An relentlessly terrifying, intense and nerve-racking experience. The new Blair Witch Project.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater.
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