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[[caption-width-right:228:Creator/WesCraven Allegedly Presents: ''They'', but not really.]]

''They'' (2002) is a horror movie [[DirectorDisplacement often thought]] to have been written, directed, or produced by Creator/WesCraven--who was, in fact, not involved with this movie at all except as a "presenter". It was actually directed by Robert Harmon, a man probably best known for having directed the original version of ''TheHitcher'', and [[TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup written by upwards of ten different uncredited screenwriters]].

Julia Lund is a promising young graduate student, majoring in psychology and nearing graduation, with plans to soon enter the professional world. During a date with her boyfriend, she's disrupted by Billy, a childhood friend who is [[DarkAndTroubledPast haunted by a troubled but undescribed past]]. When she meets him at a diner, he hides a strange mark on his hand and rants that ''they'' are coming to get him, describing them only by the effect they have on children and electricity. After coming to terms with the fact that Julia cannot help him, he produces a gun and commits suicide in front of her.

Soon after, Julia starts experiencing what she assumes are night terrors, something she used to suffer from as a child. At Billy's wake, she meets two of his friends, Sam and Terry, who also used to suffer from night terrors. As her weird experiences intensify, she starts working with Sam and Terry in an effort to discover what ''they'' really are--before it's too late.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts with a short scene involving the Billy as a child. The point is to show us that the monster in his closet is all too real.
* AirVentPassageway: Terry goes into the air vent at their apartment in search of a pest.
* ApocalypticLog: Billy's diary, leading up to his suicide.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Julia comes home and turns on the TV to hear a story about rolling blackouts in the city. She's just recently learned that the only thing that can keep her safe is the light.
** Actually, news of the upcoming possibility of blackouts has been present since before Julia even meet up with Billy. As well, there are flashes of power going out periodically outside of the news broadcasts. A previously-anticipated "disaster" being discussed by the news while said "disaster" is ongoing isn't very "coincidental".
* CoversAlwaysLie: The movie poster and DVD cover title the movie ''Creator/WesCraven Presents: They''. Typically a presenter is an executive producer, but Craven is not [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283632/fullcredits credited as such.]] It would appear that Creator/WesCraven had [[VeryFalseAdvertising nothing to do with the actual creation of this film]].
* DarknessEqualsDeath: How "they" can get you.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Yep, ''They'' take Julia, screaming, into their dimension and the movie just ends.]]
* EldritchLocation: ''They'' live in a dark dimension of shadows and black ooze. [[spoiler: As the final scene shows, it's also just out of phase with our reality, leaving Julia screaming at baffled doctors she can see while they're pondering her disappearance while standing in front of a closet with nothing inside of it.]]
* ElevatorActionSequence: Sam takes the elevator in a final attempt to evade the monsters coming for him. They get him anyway.
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Julia]]
* LivingShadow: The things stalking Julia.
* [[spoiler: LooksLikeOrlok: What few glimpses we get suggest that "they" have heads like Orlok, and bodies that are even more distorted and bat-like.]]
* MarkedToDie: All of the unfortunate victims have been given a strange mark on their skin, like a small sore. This sore contains a long, thin splinter. This is implied to be the means by which ''they'' are able to find their prey later; apparently it is implanted while the victims are still children, heals, then reappears when they are soon to be taken.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Billy's room at home includes a number of newspaper clippings and a drawer full of batteries.
** As Sam's paintings get darker and darker, his apartment takes on this feel as well.
* ScareChord: As Julia backs into a neighbor in the basement.
* ShowerScene: Terry takes a [[{{Fanservice}} sensually filmed]] rinse before getting in the pool.
* ScreamingWoman: ''Oh, good Lord.'' You just ''want'' them to take Julia already.
* StartsWithASuicide: Billy's death is the initial driving force of the plot.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Not only does Julia decide to see a psychiatrist when she starts having trouble, she's training to be one herself.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: The creatures referred to as "they" are shown entering into the real world through closets and under beds, terrorizing children and marking them for later hunting.
* TooDumbToLive: Julia leaves the relative safety of her boyfriend's apartment and runs underground to a subway. When she gets locked in the closing station, she heads into a train. When that stops, she ''gets out of the train into the dark tunnel''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, the premise was similar to TheMatrix: Four college students discover that the world is being run by organic machines. The machines kill humans, harvesting their bodies to use as spare parts and erasing their existence. They lurk in the shadows and can be detected by children and animals. You can read the original script [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/They.html here.]] It's pretty creepy.
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