They (Wes Craven Presents THEY) 2002 DVD Color Approx. 90 min. Shown in original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (enhanced for 16x9 televisions) Playable in North America (the US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Digitally remastered.
Starring: Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Jon Abrahams, Dagmara Dominczyk and Jay Brazeau Written by Brendon Hood Directed by Robert Harmon
In 1983, a young boy named Billy Parks (Alexander Gould) is frightened and has difficulty falling asleep after waking up from a nightmare. His mother Mary (Desiree Zurowski) assures him the monster he thinks is in the closet is imaginary. As he tries to fall asleep again, a dark apparition emerges from his closet and spirits him away.
In present-day 2002, the plot focuses on a Psychology grad student named Julia Lund (Laura Regan) and the events that turned her life upside down. As a child, she experienced horrifying night terrors that manifested after witnessing her father commit suicide but has seemingly overcome the problem. She reunites with a childhood friend, a now grown-up Billy (Jon Abrahams). In the diner, Billy is constantly startled by the flickering lights, as he is now deathly afraid of the dark. He tells her that he believes their night terrors are caused by something otherworldly, as he was kidnapped by mysterious creatures as a child and went missing for two days. He warns her to stay out of the dark before shooting himself.
Julia stays over at her paramedic boyfriend Paul Loomis' (Marc Blucas) apartment for comfort and to grieve. Loomis has two roommates whom he is subservient to, paying their portion of the rent and utilities. When he passively asks them to contribute, they mock him, to the point of joking about keeping the money he gave them for the electric bill. The roommates, not him, appear in charge even when one of them sees his girlfriend nude and flirts with her. That night Julia hears the shower running and investigates to find a mysterious black fluid erupting from the sink drain, and the bathroom mirror reveals an opening to alternate dimension filled with mysterious creatures. Paul hears her screams and comes to her aid only to find her alone. He suggests that she might have been sleepwalking, since she does not remember what happened.
At his funeral, Julia consoles Billy's parents and meets up with two of his friends and roommates, Terry Alba (Dagmara Dominczyk) and Sam Burnside (Ethan Embry), who slowly begin to believe the claims, as they also experienced night terrors as children and suspect they are returning. Offended by Sam's careless comments, Julia visits Billy's childhood room and discovers his drawer filled with batteries. Terry shows up and apologizes for Sam's insensitivity and informs her that Billy used to talk a lot about Julia and his experiences with night terrors, and why he was obsessed with staying out of the dark.