Them (2007) The French are artier about their schlock fright films than we are, and that isn't necessarily a point against them — the horror genre could,… 2007-08-03 R PT78M Horror Mystery and Thriller Olivia Bonamy Michael Cohen Adriana Moca Dark Sky Films
Movie Review

Them (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
SHOCK, JACQUES The French couple-terrorized-in-the-house flick Them aspires to something artier, but doesn't escape the genre's typical trappings
SHOCK, JACQUES The French couple-terrorized-in-the-house flick Them aspires to something artier, but doesn't escape the genre's typical trappings
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Aug 03, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 78 Minutes; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Olivia Bonamy and Michael Cohen; Distributor: Dark Sky Films

The French are artier about their schlock fright films than we are, and that isn't necessarily a point against them — the horror genre could, by now, use a little frisson of pretension. But if you're going to imply that a French couple being terrorized in a remote Romanian mansion adds up to something more than an arbitrary (and rather repetitive) don't-go-in-the-basement thriller, then you'd better deliver the goods. And Them, despite some moody imagery out of the Blair Witch school, never does. The kicker, which is engineered to make us go ''Damn,'' instead makes us go ''No way!''

Originally posted Aug 15, 2007 Published in issue #949-950 Aug 24, 2007 Order article reprints