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Them [DVD]
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on 8 October 2014
I saw this movie by chance, on TV the other week, as I was channel hopping, and except for the first minute caught it all.

I was intrigued and engrossed from the start. I had no idea what this film was about, I had no knowledge of it ever being released.

What was the 'Them' in the title? When will they show themselves? Are they otherworldly beings?

And yes I was sucked in, it was well made and produced and because the 'Them' were so mysterious it made for creepy viewing.
Even when the 'Them' were seen it was still unsettling. The mystique of this film is it's real tool and very clever it is too.

So glad I watched this without prior knowledge. All you need to know is that its a horror, but, other than that, knowledge is a spoiler in this case, and from marketing through to this page it hard to avoid.
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on 12 October 2009
Let's see now ... the story is almost non-existent and soon telegraphs its intentions. There's a pretty minimalist approach used throughout, with just a handful of actors, one or two locations, and almost no music. It succeeds in being moderately suspenseful although it does take a while to achieve this. The revelation, although disturbing, is quite prosaic and left me feeling a little cheated given the ominous mystery of what had gone before. So, in summary, this is a simple, moderately effective chiller that doesn't leave much of a mark. Also, although it claims to be based on true events, Googleing the victims' names produced (at date of writing) nothing except information relating to this movie, which makes me wonder ...
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on 20 January 2012
This film is essentially an 83 minute long scene of supsense; a VERY effective one at that. And brave in the sense that it involves almost no gore whatsoever - I'm quickly discovering the best horror films never do. But it is tense, with good shocks, and is relentlessly unnerving. Yet not without flaws; the score can be offputting, and actually detracts from the tension at some points, in my opinion a this would be better without one at all, and with such a massive build up, there's bound to be a 'is that it' conclusion (however to be fair, that's effective in it's own right here as the films message). But overall, it's a very effective horror film, and it deserves to be watched.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is not an in yer face slasher movie it is something more insidious.
Yes it is a fairly short movie, it does have sub-titles (you could learn French!), you do twig part way through who "they" are but notwithstanding that it does build up the suspense fairly well.
I doubt very much it is based on an actual true story but certain aspects of it will ring a bell with many people. It combines two of the major modern fears, intruders in the house and the almost feral nature of some parts of society. The fact that it has such a downbeat ending wins it extra points for me.
The villains of this piece do have a little too much of the Jason Voorhees/Michael Myers ability to keep getting up when they really should stay down, a little too much poetic licence here.
The making of documentary is interesting, the cast do get a few real injuries making the movie. The recovered footage is a poor advertising gimmick and does carry some Blair Witch baggage.
I agree It is not a film that will lend itself to repeat viewings but it gets good marks for trying to be different.
I sincerely hope that This film does not get the Spoorloos treatment. George Sluizer's superb 1988 Dutch horror was totally ruined when it was remade for American audiences as The Vanishing, amazingly Sluizer himself directed that dire remake. That original film also had a truly downbeat ending which was considered not suitable for American audiences. You dread to think what such an attitude would do with the material here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2008
i knew nothing of this film when i first purchased it and was surprised to find an involving and ultimately quiet disturbing small scale horror/thriller.
excellent performances from the two leads,great direction that racks up the tension well and also pays homage to a few classics of the genre without ramming the point down your throat.
highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2013
this is an excellent french slasher film very scary at times well worth a watch if you like these kind of films
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2008
This movie is a welcome relief in todays climate of blood, gore and splatter movies. A low budget and very little in the way of special effects, "Them" relies on building tension and it is very effective in doing so. This is a genuinely creepy movie.

If, like me, you are sick of films that just try and shock you by throwing bucket loads of blood at the screen "Them" is well worth checking out. Ignore the negative reviews and those people who criticise a film because it has subtitles and make up your own mind.
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on 30 December 2010
This film cranks up the tension right from the start and leaves you wondering who the protagonists are right up to the conclusion. That this film is based on a true story is disturbingly easy to belive.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2008
If, like me, you get all excited watching a new horror film, only to be disappointed by the lack of scares then this film is for you. This film terrified me to the very bone and had me gripped to the screen from the chilling opening scene to the shocking finale. This is the first film I have seen for many, many years to have that effect on me and in my opinion is one of the best shot horror films I have ever seen. Once the disturbing opening scene is over, we meet Clementine and Lucas, a French couple who are living a perfect life in a beautiful house in the countryside of Romania, then something sinister begins to torment them in their home until they are forced to run in the middle of the night through the thick woodland to find help, only to find that they are followed by 'Them'. The film works more on tension and suspense rather than the usual unscary, over the top gore. The fear of the unknown is what creates such a chilling effect and sense of dread throughout the film. There are some truly memorable scenes, my particular favourite being when Lucas leaves Clementine hiding in a locked upstairs bedroom while he goes downstairs in the dark to see who is there. The following scenes are truly terrifying helped along with some clever camera angles, creepy sound effects and the brilliant piano backings that come into play during some of the jumpiest scenes. Some excellent scares and a shocking and unexpected ending to complete one of the greatest scary movies of recent years. Well worth a watch!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quite good French film set in Romania which explores certain primal fears, one of which is being terrorised in your own home by unseen assailants.
Personally I like to vary the kind of films I watch, this is a horror that sets out to disturb and shock in a subtle psychologically creepy way and is not a gore laden slasher (which I like also) There are only really two actors in the entire film so much of the demands for successfully imparting tension and fear to the audience lies on their emotions and reactions which they impart quite effectively.
Some of the other reviews I have read for this are way out quite frankly and question whether the reviewers in question have watched this. 'Them' is a relatively lean 74 mins and gets going quite quickly. With a film such as this with the emphasis being on a couple living in a foreign country in an isolated house some scene setting and building of atmosphere is needed; I don't feel this film should be penalised for not having a decapitation within the first 5 mins, it's not that type of film.

**SPOILERS**
Some of the extras on this film are good. I remember very well the BBC broadcast relating to one of the extras on the disc regarding the time of Ceausceau; it was interesting to read the 'Awful Truth' transcript in regards to this.
Regarding the veracity of this event, I have a good memory for news events and do not recall this one, the names of the victims do not provide any results in a rudimentary internet searh and most tellingly the press conference in the extras was poorly done, not at all realistic and in English. It would have been far better to leave that one off.
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