Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A husband and wife team have a young son who is really into ghosts and things of that nature. Unfortunately, a family member dies and the family goes to Vancouver during 'Hungry Ghost Month' (I am not making this up). This is a time when the dead walk and can only be appeased by sacrifices of money and fruit. Needless to say, bad things start happening.
Is it good movie?
Usually, there are a few things that can make any horror flick terrible before you even watch it. One of these things is the name Uwe Boll, one of the most prolific insults to cinema to come along in a long time. When I saw Dr. Boll's name on They Wait, I was terrified because of his reputation. Luckily though the producers must have thought his name would simply get some attention, because They Wait seems to surpass expectations.
The idea of taking a foreign ghost story and literally porting it over to our mainstream films is not one that works all that often. This is a rare case were the film works, for the most part. Sammy's character is interested in ghosts and that interest provides a satisfying anchor for the film's spooky proceedings. Unfortunately it seems this kid has the sixth sense to see dead people (without being dead of course).
And of course, the people have to try to solve a murder mystery where someone was wrongfully killed. The film doesn't break a lot of new ground and the plot is lifted from just about every horror flick you've seen lately. My biggest problem was that the script was at times incoherent and full of plot holes. There isn't a lot going on here that you haven't seen it before.
The acting is decent, with Sin City's Jaime King being the worst offender, tripping over dialogue left and right. Michael Biehn (Reese!) makes an appearance, but it is all too brief. The kid (Regan Oey) is quite good as well. The reason why I dug this film at all is because it has some decent scares and tries to take itself so seriously. It isn't something that you'll need to run out and buy, but it's worth a watch.
Video / Audio
They Wait overcomes Uwe Boll's producer credit to be a watchable enough little film. It shamelessly rips off slicker films before it, but the creepy factor is cranked high enough to get a few jolts out of you.