They Remain

The direction is impeccable, the acting brilliant, and the ending pays off the slow build with something explosive yet heady.


They Remain

Based on the 2010 short story, "-30-" by award-winning author Laird Barron, THEY REMAIN explores the evolving relationship between Keith and Jessica, two scientists employed by a vast, impersonal corporation to investigate an unspeakable horror that took place at the remote encampment of a mysterious cult. Working and living in a state-of-the-art, high tech environment that is completely at odds with their surroundings, they spend their days gathering physical evidence, analyzing it, and reporting on their findings.

The intensity of their work, and their extreme isolation, bring the pair closer. But, when Jessica discovers a mysterious artifact of unknown origin, the dynamic between them changes: secrets are kept, sexual tensions arise, and paranoia sets in. Keith begins to have visions and is unable to distinguish whether they are nightmares or a supernatural presence. Having lost all sense of what is real and what is imagined, all he knows is that the horror that he and Jessica have been sent to uncover—a horror that could be biological, psychological, or paranormal— now threatens his very survival.
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Philip Gelatt
Rebecca Henderson, William Jackson Harper
Budd Wilkins, Film Journal International

Writer-director Philip Gelatt’s 'They Remain' belongs in the company of films like 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' and 'We Are Still Here' that privilege a highly stylized, almost abstract, approach to genre materials. Often these films possess a quality of studied nostalgia, openly acknowledging their ...

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