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They Live in Horror (2022)

They live in grey2022.

Directed by Abel Vang & Burlee Vang.
Starring Michelle Krusiec, Ken Kirby, Madelyn Grace, JR Cacia, Ellen Wroe and Cami Storm.


A psychic social worker has visions of supernatural forces haunting a family while investigating a child abuse case.

Capturing a certain mood on film must be a daunting task for a filmmaker, especially when you want to maintain that mood for an extended period of time. They live in grey is a film that captures the mood of sadness and sustains it throughout, and oh boy does it sustain it throughout. Oh boy because They live in grey is 114 minutes long, and if it were, say, a Funeral Doom album by an obscure European metal band, it would be applauded, even encouraged, to maintain that bleak sense of hopelessness throughout. But it’s not a doom metal album.

They live in grey is a film intended to be seen by an audience who will sit in front of it hoping to be entertained or at least moved to some sort of emotion. If the audience has something to think about, something to engage in, or maybe even someone to engage in an intense discussion with, all the better, but entertainment is key, and They live in grey is so monotonous, so cloaked in its own melancholy, that it never becomes anything but a somber melodrama, and often lacks the dramatic part of that word too.

The story revolves around Claire (Michelle Krusiec) who first tries to hang herself in her house. It turns out that Claire and her husband Peter (Ken Kirby) had a young son who died in a hit-and-run accident and Peter left because he couldn’t reach Claire in her grieving state. They are still in contact and Peter tries to reconcile with Claire, but her intense grief and sense of loss proves to be too much.

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However, the attempted suicide fails and Claire returns to her job in child protection, where she is put in charge of the Lang family’s case, where young daughter Sophie (Madelyn Grace) is suspected of being abused due to bruises on her body. Once Claire arrives at the Lang household, she begins having visions of a ghostly woman, followed by several other spectral entities. She decides to end the case, but when the Lang family are threatened with putting Sophie in their care due to more bruising, Claire decides to help, and as her burgeoning psychic powers begin to reveal what’s going on in the Lang house Claire not only begins to reconstruct what happened to Sophie, but also to deal with her own grief.

Watch after They live in grey one feels The sixth Sense made a huge impression on The Vang Brothers as it’s very difficult to get away from the “I see dead people” theme that both films use, especially in this film since that’s pretty much all Claire does. She wanders around the Lang house or even stays in her own house and has visions that may or may not be related – mostly not since her son’s death has nothing to do with what is happening to the Lang family.

Despite the artistic flair displayed by some of these visions, it’s very little, considering Claire isn’t a very likable character – which is an odd choice considering what happened to her – and all that misery unnecessarily within being dragged out an attempt to create something meaningful and impressive when in reality it’s boring and boring because each scene is spent with an incurably pathetic character played by an actor who has only one facial expression the entire time ( okay, she’s got two – frowning and screaming ) and his line delivery, mumbling while occasionally crying at the same time, is just as painful for the audience as it is for anyone on screen. And there are almost two hours of that.

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It could be something in the middle They live in grey, because The Vardy Brothers can clearly make one movie and set a mood (although more than one would be nice), but it’s too derived from other movies that have done similar things but with more punch. The thing is if this had been done before The sixth Sense It is unlikely to have had the same impact as this film as the writing is too disjointed and uninteresting to appeal to a mainstream audience. As it is, it was made over twenty years later The sixth Sense and it adds nothing to the “horror-as-metaphor” cinematic style it encompasses.

Yes, They live in grey is dark – both literally and stylistically – but for two hours the same grumpy expression and the same old ghostly apparitions (screaming women, old people, kid with blood on her face, etc.) popping up to shout “Boo!”. just doesn’t cut it anymore, especially when the horror is all but non-existent.

Flickering Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ / Movie: ★

Chris Ward

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