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They Wait (2007)

Jaime King , Michael Biehn , Ernie Barbarash  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jaime King, Michael Biehn, Cheng Pei-Pei, Henry O, Terry Chen
  • Directors: Ernie Barbarash
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Uwe Boll Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001B187D4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 falls gravely ill. Traditional western medicine offers no hope. Sarah turns to a mysterious pharmacist who warns that her son is being held in a death grip by a living corpse. Sarah must find out what the spirits want if she is to save her child. Time is of the essence; once the sun rises the next day, the last day of Ghost Month, Sammy will be lost forever. The spirits have spoken.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ghost story in years. August 21, 2008
By C. Cruz
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-made horror movie based on Asian folklore September 23, 2008
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].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars With a Chinese twist December 18, 2010
They Wait is a Japanese-style horror film produced by, among other people, Uwe Boll. If you're wondering, They Wait is not based on a video game. It is, however, supposedly based on Chinese true events.

Those true events involve American Sarah (Jamie King), Chinese husband (Terry Chen) and their psychic sensitive son Sam (Regan Oey). They have been called to Vancouver from Shanghai for Uncle Raymond's (Colin Foo) funeral. Seems he was killed by a...well, something. A ghost, possibly that of a bear.

Sam's perceptive abilities become a liability when restless spirit Shen (Vicky Huang) takes a liking to him. What does Shen have to do with Uncle Raymond, and why does her spirit appear with only one eye and blackened arms? If Sarah can answer those questions she might just be able to save her son before Ghost Month ends and Sam is lost forever.

What ensues is a standard ghost story. Girl meets wise man, wise man provides magic talismans, girl braves ghost world to save child. What's interesting is how They Wait is steeped in Chinese ghost mythology. Although there are elements of J-Horror, the ghost-as-virus concept is nowhere in evidence. Chinese ghosts have rigid rules, from the food they eat to the people they can haunt; Sarah's challenge isn't in defeating the ghosts but learning how they work.

King is something of a poor woman's Naomi Watts, but she does an excellent job as a terrified mother. All the actors are believable, although not every character is fleshed out enough for us to care; the villains, in particular, are ciphers until the end.

In that regard They Wait is fairly predictable. The ghosts occasionally try to trick Sarah into violating a rule, but most of her survival technique revolves around not being an idiot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 26, 2010
This movie rates, in my opinion, as on of the best made ghost stories to date. Not only does it pack some good thrills along the ride, but it is easy to follow. The flash backs are interlaced with the modern day characters so it is very clear as to who was who in both the flash abck scene and the current scene.

The main ghost with her blackened arms is quite chilling.

Just sit back and enjoy this well crafted horror film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by George Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars ... watch this one a lot and I never get bored with it
I tend to watch this one a lot and I never get bored with it.
Published 15 days ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror Movie But Story Is somewhat Generic Too
If you like supernatural horror or ghost movies this is a nice one to add to the collection as it gives a mixture of Chinese spiritual beliefs mixed with a western mindset. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
In my opinion this is one of the best made Canadian films I have seen. I really liked the story and it was cool to see so many familiar locations
Published 8 months ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and unsettling.
Huge fan of paranormal horror movies and this movie hits the spot! Doesn't seem to be a extremely high budget horror movie but for what it is, they did a very good job with keeping... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vu B. Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars highly enjoyable
This is a fun movie for any horror fan and for anyone interested in hungry ghosts. I rented and then bought it. Highly recommended.
Published 14 months ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars creepy movie
I bought this movie at a garage sale earlier this year , only to get it home and it not work. So I went on the Amazon site and found it for cheaper then I paid for it at the garage... Read more
Published 16 months ago by sandylou69
5.0 out of 5 stars DvD
Bought the DVD for my daughter. She loved the movie. Passes the movie on to her friends. Services fast and DVD arrived on time.
Published on August 17, 2012 by J. Bradwish
5.0 out of 5 stars it wasn't as bad as i expected...
its by far not the best horror/thiller i've seen, but it isn't bad either. it's very grudge meets supernatural. :) but i enjoyed it.
Published on May 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy...
I don't usually like horror movies, but I really like this one. It's very creepy and atmospheric and in the same vein as films like the Grudge and Thirst. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Spottedfeather
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