If Jean-Pierre Melville had lived in the time of The Blair Witch Project instead of The Maltese Falcon, he might have created something similar to Them. Directed by David Moreau and Zavier Palud, Them is a slick, slithery thriller in which little is seen and even less is spoken — akin to riding the Chiller at Six Flags with one’s eyes closed.
Loosely based on true events, the film takes place in the woods outside Bucharest, Romania, where a young French couple live in a run-down mansion. Moreau and Palud lead a claustrophobic tour of unthinkable passageways and tight corners as the couple runs, crawls and hides from an unlikely set of villains. Weird clicking noises and sudden bursts of action serve as the film’s main horror elements. There’s no gore to speak of, but after 75 non-stop chaotic minutes, one is left with only a sick, dread feeling in the stomach.