Wes Craven Presents: They

Release Date: November 27, 2002

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What if everything that scared you in your childhood was real? That's the premise behind They, a film that will be distributed by Dimension Films, the folks who previously produced a sleeper when they released a little horror flick known as Scream. Will they be able to duplicate that success? Perhaps.

Like Scream, They takes a group of barely-known actors and throws them into a horror film with a fairly fresh and unique premise. The two main performers in the film, Laura Regan and Marc Blucas, have had some exposure with smallish parts in mainstream films, though Blucas is probably best known for his stint on Buffy as Riley, the secret military guy who also just happened to be the Slayer's hunky-but-vanilla boyfriend.

Regan will take on the part of Julia Lund, a graduate student in psychology who witnesses a terrifying scene that brings back frightening memories of her own past. It seems her childhood fear of the dark might just be caused by something real, and Julia faces a struggle to find the link between the past and the present.

They is directed by Robert Harmon, whose most recent theatrical effort was the Jean-Claude Van Damme starring vehicle Nowhere to Run, way back in 1993. Since then, Harmon has primarily been involved in television productions like Homicide: Life on the Street, Level 9 and the Emmy-nominated TV flick Gotti. More importantly, Harmon's first job as a director was on the 1986 C. Thomas Howell/Rutger Hauer movie The Hitcher, which is remembered rather fondly by fans of this particular genre.

Brendan Hood, the film's screenwriter, has only one previous credit, the made-for-TV movie The Darklings. No, I've never heard of it either.

Made on a reported budget of $17 million, They is going to depend on a fantastic marketing campaign to build interest. If Dimension can produce a creepy trailer and television ads in the vein of Jeepers Creepers, a "scary" movie (heh) that was released in a similar time frame, the studio may be looking at a winner. Of course, "may" would be the operative word here, as the portents in the crystal ball aren't looking good at this particular juncture. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Wes Craven Presents: They
Main Cast Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams
Supporting Cast Jessica Amlee, Jonathan Cherry
Director Robert Harmon
Screenwriter Brendan William Hood
Distributor Dimension Films
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Comparison films for Wes Craven Presents: They
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Scream 3 2/4/0034.71 38.83 3465 10017.00 10779.0 88.36 98.84 2.55
Scream 2 12/12/9733.00 43.35 2663 12392.00 15658.7 101.36 133.15 3.07
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 11/13/9816.50 21.21 2443 6754.00 8352.5 40.00 51.42 2.42
Jeepers Creepers 8/31/0115.84 16.90 2944 5380.00 5522.8 37.81 40.35 2.39
I Know What You Did Last Summer 10/17/9715.82 20.78 2524 6268.00 7920.3 72.22 94.87 4.57
Urban Legend 9/25/9810.52 13.52 2257 4661.00 5764.1 38.08 48.95 3.62
Valentine 2/2/0110.02 10.69 2310 4334.00 4449.1 20.36 21.73 2.03
Urban Legend: The Final Cut 9/22/008.51 9.52 2539 3352.00 3607.0 21.47 24.01 2.52
Scream 12/20/966.35 8.66 1413 4494.00 5897.1 103.03 140.56 16.23
Screamers 1/26/962.90 3.95 1560 1859.00 2439.4 5.76 7.85 1.99



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