This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
A young couple lead a happy, quiet life in the countryside. But little do they know they're being surrounded. When night falls, the couple will come face to face with THEM. Who are they? What do they want? The answers will take them to the very limits of fear itself."
A 'Choose your own adventure'- sort of review. Please feel free to grab a spare pair of pants on the way in.
You're in bed, alone after a night of watching tv and liking lists on Letterboxd. It's cold and raining outside as you sleep.....
....but you wake up at 03:46am though you're not quite sure why or what interrupted your slumber. Your house is dead silent. Your bedroom stinks of farts and you remind yourself never to eat expired peanuts EVER again......
...then you hear what sounds like a children's toy, a clacker of sorts. From downstairs. From the dark. You're just imagining things. Probably. Watching too many movies can warp fragile minds. The hairs on the back of…
.....creeped me the fuck out.......French bastards.....
A very intense horror movie...that is based on a true story. Movie does an excellent job building suspense....all the while staying away from gore....a young John Carpenter would be proud of this movie. A couple who live in a big house in the country get attacked when it gets dark....the pretty much describes the entire movie. The first 10 minutes...which centers around a minor car accident is extremely intense....and reminded me of the scene in Halloween when Michael Meyers escaped from the hospital by jumping on a car. The first hour we do not know who is attacking the house....that makes them even scarier.....and when do figure who is attacking the house it only adds to the intensity of the movie. Movie is from France but it is worth checking out.
I was lead to believe that the film The Strangers was a remake of this film. Apparently it isn't. It's just a ripoff of this film and a poorly made one if you ask me. There's a few major differences in both films that oddly enough were minor in their execution, it's a simple matter of one director mistaking creepiness for fear.
While The Strangers seemed more concerned with making it's villains seem disturbing, directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau seem to understand that the unknown is much more terrifying or unsettling. Having your home invaded by an unknown number of assailants, not knowing who they are or if they're armed and with what, handicaps your options…
I see myself as a very rational person when it comes to fears. I'm not afraid of the dark. I can with ease walk alone through a dark forest or in (most) larger cities after midnight. I haven't locked my door since I moved out on the countryside, I let my kid climb around everywhere, snakes are free to live on my lot and even though I hate some birds (twitchy bastards) and tend to get more and more afraid of heights the older I get, you can't really say I have any phobias.
I'm not saying that I don't have fears though, on the contrary, I've lived with anxiety issues most of my life and has seen and experienced…
The tagline for this film on IMDB and the DVD case reads "The film that terrified Europe has come to America".
I'm just kidding. This film would probably terrify only the most novice of horror watchers. It's pretty typical home invasion stuff, with a weak twist regarding who Them are. Had the build up been a little better the twist might have worked, but it's all pretty average in every way. If you're considering watching this I recommend watching The Last House on the Left remake instead. It's a similar premise and much better in my opinion.
Il duo David Moreau e Xavier Palud mette in scena un thriller teso, trovando la giusta alchimia tra inquadrature accattivanti e sonoro curato e ben dosato. Almeno per una buona parte della pellicola, perché quando il pericolo si mostra per quello che è il film perde mordente e si affloscia, lasciando la sensazione di un buon esercizio di stile e nulla più. Attori tranquillamente dimenticabili. Non male.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It just seems really fucking stupid to me. The "let us play with you" shit. What the fuck was that?
Obviously I could overlook silliness if I felt it was more technically accomplished, but mostly it just seemed really ugly with camerawork that gave me a headache. Like, the scene with all the plastic sheets should have been an easy slam dunk but the film somehow managed to make it boring.
remind me to never get murdered by children in the sewers
One of the few movies to scare the living shit out of me.
I would not suggest watching this after your house has gotten broken into.
I watched this film a while back after a recommendation from a member of a facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/filmclub13), I wasn't overly impressed and if I remember rightly I think I rated it a 3/5 back then.
After everyone I spoke to about it kept gushing about how good it was I decided to give it another go... I can confirm that I feel no different about it now to how I felt then.
anything involving ruthless teens scares the shit out of me, especially when they live in underground sewers and "just wanna play".
also I couldn't get over how labyrinthine their house was, so many twists and turns and random rooms and hallways, it seamlessly shifted from house to underground tunnel without a blink (obviously intentional).
oh ps spoiler alert.
I'm generally not very chilled by home invasion horror. This film broke the mold for me. Genuinely creepy. Dread-filled. Hoodie horror at its inexplicable best.
This French-Romanian horror movie has been lumped in with the likes of Inside, Martyrs and Haute Tension as being a part of the wave of French Horror that shook many people to their core. After watching Them, I can safely say it does not belong with that group of movies.
For starters, it’s not nearly as gory as those films are, so it sets itself apart from the beginning. The supposed scares in this movie come from the fear of the unknown, the invasion of privacy and lack of control our unwilling couple have as they become tormented throughout the night by god knows what. Set inside a half-finished, creepy house covered in shades of grey and green, the couple…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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bad things happening to eyes. you know the drill