They script
They (2002)
Synopsis: They (also known as Wes Craven Presents: They) is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Robert Harmon. The plot centers on a group of four adults named Julia Lund, Sam Burnside, Terry Alba, and Billy Parks and their experience with the phenomenon of night terrors and the impact they had on their lives as children and how they come back to haunt them as adults. The film was produced by Ted Field, Tom Engleman, and Wes Craven who served as executive producer. The film stars Laura Regan, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jay Brazeau, and Marc Blucas. The title is a reference to the fact that the creatures are only referred to as "They" as their origins are ambiguous. The film was a box office bomb and had lukewarm reviews from critics.

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

Tiny golden wheels and gears turning lazily upon metal rods. Mechanical pieces.

Small and intricate. Glittering in the sunlight.

REVEAL:

The gears are turning within an ANTIQUE DESK CLOCK sitting on a book shelf, a small

pendulum swinging back and forth behind the glass housing.

The room is barren except for a pair of open suitcases and a bed that's been

stripped. Sitting on the mattress is ...

JULIA LEVIN ...

Smart and clever. Dressed in a graduation gown and staring out the window. She seems

to be lost in thought, immobile, until the bedroom door swings open and ...

CONNOR LEVIN, aged seventeen and wearing a suit and tie, steps inside.

CONNOR:

Dad says we gotta get moving. We're late.

JULIA:

I'm getting ready.

CONNOR:

You're sitting on the bed.

JULIA:

(dryly)

Thanks for clearing that up. I'll be right down.

He steps out.

Julia takes a framed picture out of her suitcase -- a candid shot of herself standing

with her MOTHER, forties, a healthy and vibrant woman.

JULIA:

(cont'd)

Sure do miss you.

Above her, a CEILING FAN rotates. Creating a soft HUMMING.

EXT. WESTWOOD - APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

Julia walks out of the building where her father, GUY LEVIN, an older man with a kind

face, waits. Connor is checking his reflection in the car window, adjusting his

tie, fussing with his hair.

GUY:

You ready?

JULIA:

All set. I packed up everything.

(remembering)

Oh, except Mom's clock -- I think there's something wrong with it.

It's not telling the right time.

GUY:

I'll get it fixed. Probably just needs a few new parts.

Guy smiles at Julia for a moment. Very warmly.

GUY:

(cont'd)

You look just like your mother.

Julia is momentarily uncomfortable. But she recovers, smiles and kisses

her father on the cheek.

JULIA:

We'll be late.

EXT. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES - CAMPUS - DAY

Students dressed in graduation caps and gowns are gathered on the campus grounds.

Julia stands by herself, taking pictures with a professional Nikon camera. She

focuses the camera upon ...

TERRY ALBA, 22, beautiful and sexy. Very particular and demanding. She smiles

perfectly as Julia snaps the picture. But her boyfriend, SAM BURNSIDE, cute and

mischievous, sporting pink hair and loud clothes, makes a face.

Winding her film, Julia searches a moment, then smiles. Raising her camera lens, she

snaps a picture of ...

PAUL LOOMIS ...

Early twenties. Dark hair. Strapping and perfectly handsome. He wears a blue and gold

striped tie with his starched white shirt and graduation gown.

He kisses her. Passionate and gentle.

PAUL:

You packed up?

JULIA:

Ready to move in. I'll be storing some of the stuff you've already got.

Television. CD player. Microwave.

PAUL:

(suggestively)

Bed.

Julia smiles at him.

JULIA:

Bed.

PAUL:

Med School doesn't start until August. At least not for the freshmen, so we've got

plenty of time to see Europe, take the car trip up north ...

JULIA:

I hope it won't be a drag.

There's a lot of stuff to move out of my mother's cabin.

PAUL:

Our friends will be there. It'll be fun.

JULIA:

I hope so.

Beat.

PAUL:

You okay?

JULIA:

Tense.

PAUL:

Would it help if I massaged your breasts?

JULIA:

No.

PAUL:

Because it would help me.

JULIA:

(stifling laughter)

Maybe later.

The students start forming into lines.

JULIA:

(cont'd)

Hey, I saw your Mom and kid sister. Where's your Dad?

Beat.

PAUL:

He's not coming.

JULIA:

But it's your graduation.

Paul shrugs again. A brief sting of hurt on his face.

PAUL:

Wasn't a good enough reason in High School either.

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Brendan Hood

I always wanted to be a screenwriter ever since I was a kid. I can still remember seeing Poltergeist (1982) in the theater when I was really young, and hearing the audience screaming their lungs out when JoBeth Williams is trapped in the swimming pool with all of the decomposing skeletons. And I just thought, "I want to get an audience to do that." Interview, 2002. more…

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