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  • Summary: After witnessing a horrible incident, a graduate student struggles to find the link between her childhood fear of the dark and the night terrors she now suffers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. It starts pushing buttons immediately and never lets up. This proves to be both its strongest asset and, unfortunately, its biggest flaw.
  2. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    While it does deliver some good jolts, it never quite cranks up the terror.
  3. 50
    Though the story eventually runs out of steam and it's never clear why the night-crawlers torment certain children and then come back to get them, fledgling screenwriter Brendan William Hood and director Robert Harmon -- whip up some effective suspense sequences.
  4. 38
    A dull, dumb and derivative horror film.
  5. 30
    The grad student and her boyfriend (Marc Blucas) are blandly written and the story never develops any psychological depth; the paranormal explanation for what's going on is equally slight.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    They ought to be a whole lot scarier than they are in this tepid genre offering from director Robert Harmon, whose debut film "The Hitcher" set a high bar for screen terror in the 1980s. Pic looks like a holiday gobbler.
  7. 10
    The film stinks from start to finish, like a wet burlap sack of gloom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. SamS.
    Aug 14, 2006
    excellent horror filmaking classic working thrills and eveyrthing you can ask for in what is wes craven's newest classic.
  2. Feb 23, 2013
    THEY are part of one of the worst movies I have seen in years. I'm not even sure who the THEY are! Usually Wes Craven doesn't put his name on something unless it's decent. This isn't even close to decent. This is the slowest, most boring horror film I've ever seen! "Hey remember that that scared us 19 years ago, when we were kids, well all of a sudden it's back, so ummm call your childhood psychologist." Laura Regan is laughable, getting more upset by some crap on her finger than her friend blowing his head off in front of her, and it's just downhill from there. There is nothing scary about this film. I really have to question how like this even gets made. Expand

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