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Them: In Review

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2021 by geniusscribbleink

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ”-James Baldwin

I recall as a child being brought to the theatre by one of my older cousins, not having an idea of what we were actually going to see. Just the idea of going and being amongst the cooler kids was certainly enough incentive for me at the time. Brought popcorn with the monies my parents gave me. Back then you could probably get a whole bucket of popcorn for $1.00 as opposed to today’s tariff that requires at least an Amex Black Card or dancing on the pole for tips. But I digress, as the big popcorn and the big soda were both on deck; hey life is good right? Wait what movie are we watching? Amityville Horror? Never heard of it. What is that one about? Yes I would soon find out exactly what that movie was about due to the countless nightmares I would endure throughout the week to follow as I would soon realize that this was not Star Wars by any stretch of the imagination. This was a dark side that I could only wish I had training from Obi Wan on how to wheel a lightsaber to fend off the evil that lurked inside my dreams. There is no solace when living in a nightmare both visually and mentally in your waking moments, as well as in your sleep during the the cover of night. After viewing Amazon Prime’s Them, created by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe, you get a macbre and in depth perspective of the African American living and breathing nightmare during a time of racial unrest that was accompanied by inhumane acts of degredation and inflicted violence in America. The story follows the plight of a black family named the Emorys and their migration from North Carolina to the city of Los Angeles in the 1950s. What seems like a story of promise and hope that sees the patriarch Henry Emory gain a job opportunity that can change the future of his family’s well being, you begin to realize that the old cliche of: “every new level has a new devil” is indeed true as some dreams can turn into nightmares and greener pastures can also be filled with hidden landmines that will try to impede every step you take. Them becomes a literal Pandora’s Box when the lid is lifted off and you discover what lingers in the dark corners of people’s hearts and minds. This is no cliche horror movie where you await a hockey mask and a machete to hack up innocent victims. No this horror movie is based on the horrors of truth, as it confronts and tackles the dark history that is America and the demonic actions initiated by people who saw African Americans as less than human beings. Them “goes there” and by there I mean to a place where American History Books has rarely gone as it delivers a raw nightmare that is better than any fictious serial killings by Jason Vorhees. It exposes the horror story truth about a time that once existed and to a degree still exists in this country to this very day. I posted a inquiry on my social media page asking whether someone had viewed this series. A person of African American descent stated that they saw the trailer but it seemed like a normal horror movie; to which I replied that oh its a horror movie, but its a horror movie due to the fact that its one we face or have faced on a daily basis for quite some time. I do recommend watching this series. Some scenes are tough to stomach and the story tends to drift on tangents. Its not hard to follow along but at times you find yourself getting deflated during segments only to be drawn back in at the conclusion of an episode. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars as its innovative and informative as well as sticking to its themed horror movie genre. Check out Them on Amazon Prime.