They Remain (2018 film)

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"Don't turn around. Two scientists investigate a horrific incident that occurred at a cult's remote wilderness compound; soon, the discovery of a mysterious artifact leads is followed by paranoia and strange visions the investigation begins losing its grip on reality; based on the Laird Barron story "--30--".


  • Release Date: 2018
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern or Near Future USA or Canada
  • Runtime: 1 hr 42 min
  • Starring: William Jackson Harper, Rebecca Henderson
  • Director: Philip Gelatt
  • Writer: Laird Barron (short story "--30--"), Philip Gelatt (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Family Ranch, Reno Productions, Paladin
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (adult content, language, brief nudity and/or sexual content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

With an epigraph by Lovecraft ("Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed..."), based on the story "-30-" by Laird Barron (described as "a horror story with Weird elements"), this is actually just another surreal bunch-of-weird-stuff-happens-in-the-woods movie (though perhaps one of the better-crafted and more atmospheric examples of the subgenre). Still, between the weird, dreamy, atmospheric production and the weird occult research and cult backstory, there might be just enough here to remind viewers vaguely of Lovecraftian fiction....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Douglas Davidson at Elements of Madness, (link) - (4.5/5)
  • Ben Kenigsberg at The New York Times, (link) - (2 Stars)
  • Brian Tallerico at, (link) - RATING
  • Tyler Unsell at, (link) - (A)
  • Jim Wallace at The SciFi Movie Page, (link) - (0.5/5 Stars)

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Two scientists who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behaviour on the seemingly deserted site of a disbanded murder cult's compound; tensions inevitably rise between them as strange things begin happening around the area, and the couple experience strange dreams, hear strange voices and sounds in the night, uncover bizarre artifacts at the site, receive sinister visitors with ominous information to impart, and observe wildlife behaving strangely; it soon becomes clear that one of the researchers' interest in the mysterious cult is more than academic, leading to a deadly confrontation before the standard enigmatic climax and conclusion for this type of film.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The film is loosely inspired by real life stories of scientists, working in isolation, who descend into confusion, paranoia, and madness, staring at nature so long that humanity ceases to make sense.

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • A group of investigators are hired by a mysterious firm to survey the site of a cult massacre and observe the behavior of wildlife for vaguely-specified reasons; the expedition soon breaks down in paranoia and weirdness as the investigation reveals strange artifacts, weird wildlife behavior, and other signs that something at the site just isn't right.....