They Wait

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They Wait
They Wait.jpg
Official film poster
Directed byErnie Barbarash
Produced byDiane Boehme
Uwe Boll
Stephen Hegyes
Andrew Koster
Jonathan Shore
Shawn Williamson
Written byTrevor Markwart (story)
Trevor Markwart
Carl Bessai
Doug Taylor
StarringTerry Chen
Jaime King
Regan Oey
Cheng Pei-pei
Henry O
Colin Foo
Michael Biehn
Yee Jee Tso
Music byHal Beckett
CinematographyGregory Middleton
Edited byLisa Robison
Distributed byTVA Films
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
89 minutes

They Wait is a 2007 Canadian horror film directed by Ernie Barbarash.[1] It stars Jaime King as a mother attempting to find the truth and save her son, Regan Oey, when threatened by spirits during the Chinese tradition of Ghost Month. The other leading star is Chinese Canadian actor Terry Chen, who plays her husband. It was both filmed, and set, in the city of Vancouver, in British Columbia in Canada, and was featured at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.


Married couple Sarah (King) and Jason (Chen), and son Sammy (Oey), travel to Vancouver for the funeral of Uncle Raymond (Foo). During this time, Sammy begins to see ghosts and falls gravely ill, his illness coinciding with the Chinese festival of Ghost Month. After traditional western medicine fails to help Sammy, Sarah turns to a mysterious pharmacist who tells her that her son is held in a death grip by a living corpse. Sarah now must find what the spirits want before the last day of Ghost Month, or Sammy will be lost forever.



They Wait was filmed on location in Vancouver in March 2007.[2]


COn Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 40% based on 5 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.8/10.[3] Joe Leydon of Variety wrote that "Director Ernie Barbarash makes judicious use of CGI trickery -- in one key scene, he cleverly shocks his audience into laughing -- but at heart, he's an old-school traditionalist when it comes to scary stuff."[4] The Toronto Star and ReelFilm both panned the film, with ReelFilm's David Nusair saying that They Wait is "...a tedious and downright silly piece of work."[5][6]


  1. ^ "TIFF: First Horror Film Announced, 'They Wait'". Archived from the original on 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  2. ^ "THEY WAIT for Jaime King and Michael Biehn". Fangoria. Archived from the original on December 17, 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  3. ^ "They Wait (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ They Wait Variety Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Walker, Susan (January 25, 2008). "'They Wait': Not a ghost of a chance". The Star. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival 2007 - UPDATE #6". ReelFilm. Retrieved 7 July 2017.

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