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They Wait
They Wait
Actors: Jaime King, Michael Biehn, Cheng Pei-Pei, Henry O, Terry Chen
Director: Ernie Barbarash
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
R     2008     1hr 39min

After living in Shanghai for three years, Sarah (King), her husband, Jason, and their young son, Sammy, return to North America for a family funeral. But something strange is going on. Sammy starts seeing ghosts and then f...  more »


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Actors: Jaime King, Michael Biehn, Cheng Pei-Pei, Henry O, Terry Chen
Director: Ernie Barbarash
Creators: Gregory Middleton, Hal Beckett, Hal Foxton Beckett, Lisa Jane Robison, Lisa Robinson
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Uwe Boll Productions
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 09/16/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Cantonese, English

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Movie Reviews

The best ghost story in years.
C. Cruz | Seattle, WA | 08/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this at the film festival and the story, images and horror has stayed with me. With minimal gore and maximum story, this based-on-true-events film is gripping from start to finish. The child actor Regan Oey is exceptional and Jaime King never looked more believeably as a mother fighting for her son's life. Terry Chen as the dad, whose family woes sets the story in motion, is outstanding. This is a very rewatchable movie and goes on my list of top ten ghost stories."
Good, Straight Forward Ghost Story
Pat Shand | Freeport, NY USA | 10/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In a society that considers gore and torture porn to be horror, it is really refreshing to see a modern movie featuring a well done ghost story. It's horror with a heart that doesn't get too sweet, never gets too gory, and it's overall a decent movie.

The story is innovative and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I thought I had the twist figured out a quarter into the movie... but that wasn't the case. It's a straight forward but well plotted tale about a mother racing against the clock to save her son from vengeful ghosts, which leads to revelations about her family's past that might be the key to her son's dire situation. It's definitely not a horror masterpiece--I mean, the final shot of the movie was totally unnecessary--but it's a good story with characters that you can easily get invested in and care about.

Well-made horror movie based on Asian folklore
z hayes | TX | 09/23/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am a fan of supernatural movies and had begun to despair of watching well-made ones. Even the J-horror movies have become too formulaic of date. Yet "They Wait" was a refreshing change and a well-made horror movie. Though it is a Canadian made movie, the premise is based on Chinese folklore, that of the Seventh Month of the Lunar Calendar, i.e. the Hungry Ghost Festival. It is believed in Chinese tradition that during this month, the veil between the living and the dead ceases to exist, and hence offerings are placed by descendants of the dead to honor their ancestors, and appease the spirits.

It is during this month that a certain Raymond Tsai dies during a hunting expedition. His nephew Jason [Terry Chen] and his American wife Sarah [Jaime King] fly back to the States from Shanghai for the funeral, accompanied by their six-year-old son, Sam [Regan Oey]. Soon after the funeral, Sam begins to see disturbing apparations and believes they are spirits. He falls very ill, and his mother Sarah begins to have similar visions. She decides to ask the help of a traditional Chinese herbalist, [Henry O] who had volunteered his help. Turns out that Sam is in the grip of a restless spirit that is devouring his very soul and if Sarah doesn't find out what the spirit is seeking before sunrise [when the Hungry Ghost month ends], her son's soul may be lost forever. Thus begins a desperate race-against-time on Sarah's part [her husband is away on business] to solve the mystery, and she literally unearths some very disturbing 'skeletons in the family clost'.

The acting is excellent all-around - the little boy Sam [Regan Oey] convincingly carries off the role of a little kid who also happens to be able to see ghosts [ala Haley Joel Osment's character in the Sixth Sense]. Jaime King is great as the distraught mom who will do anything to save her son. The other notable performances are Jason's sinister Aunt[Pei-pei Cheng], the herbalist [Henry O], and yes, the ghost Shen [Vicky Huang].

The effects are well-done - not over-the-top but very subtle with a few scenes that truly did have the jump-out-of-your-seat effects. The score is effectively creepy and kind of played on in my mind long after the credits rolled! The sets are simple yet credible and on the whole, this was just a really well-made horror flick.

The story here is supposed to be based on true events and I'm glad someone thought to bring it to the big screen. Also, there is a story in the series, Poltergeist: The Legacy [a Showtime offering many years ago] titled "Fox Spirit" that also has a vengeful Chinese spirit seeking revenge, and another movie that is based on the Chinese Hungry Ghost month is "The Maid", an Asian horror movie set in Singapore, where I'm originally from.

It's high time makers of horror movie started mining their stories from other sources rather than the same old haunted house, slasher killers premise, and Eastern folklore has much to offer in terms of that. Final verdict: "They Wait" is a highly watchable supernatural movie!"
Benjamin Kidman | SanFrancisco,CA United States | 04/30/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sure this movie is treading the well trodden road of an Asian supernatural ghost story - however, the good casting and acting, the tense script, the sense of suspense, the abrupt ghost appearances and disappearances, and above all, the superb music soundtrack accompanying the excellent cinematography, in my opinion do place this movie a cut above it's genre contemporaries (The Grudge, The Ring, etc.). Jamie King as Sarah, the mom willing to do anything to keep from losing her little boy to malevolent spirits, was was really convincing. Regan Oey as Sam, the young possessed boy was just darling, and so real. The strong supporting roles by Pei-Pei Cheng as Aunt Mei, who clearly had deep secrets that were keys to the story, and Henry O as the benevolent Pharmacist who helps Sarah solve the ghost's riddle, added a lot to the movie's impact. If you just see one movie in this genre, then I recommend this DVD for viewing.
ONLY let down is , wish was release on BLU-RAY so i could purchase it :(