The real horrors of the gay conversion therapy movement are about to get the slasher movie treatment.
Peacock released a teaser for “They/Them” on Wednesday, which was released on August 5. Written and directed by John Logan, the film follows a group of LGBTQ teenagers sent to Camp Whistler, an institution that promises to “cure” visitors of their self-sexual attraction or their transgender and gender-nonconforming identities.
The teaser also introduces viewers to Owen Whistler (played by Kevin Bacon), the camp director who promises “a safe space for everyone” despite the menacing presence of his wife, Cora (Carrie Preston) and nurse Molly ( Anna Chlumsky).
However, not everything at Camp Whistler is as it appears, and the campers soon find themselves targeted by a masked killer.
Watch the trailer for “They/Them” below.
Bacon certainly has a horror movie pedigree, having starred in 1980s “Friday the 13th.” Elements of “They/Them” seem to have been inspired by that franchise.
The medically denounced practice of conversion therapy, euphemistically called reparative therapy by its proponents, has been portrayed in the Hollywood films “Boy Erased” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Still, viewers may be divided on whether such a controversial topic is suitable for a slasher movie in 2022, especially as the United States experiences a disturbing rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation.
But Logan, whose screenplay credits include “The Aviator” and “Gladiator,” thinks “They/Them” is, ultimately, a celebration of LGBTQ identity.
“As long as I can remember I’ve loved horror movies, I think because monsters represent ‘the other’ and as a gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with these characters that were different, off-limits, or off-limits,” he said. told Indiewire. “I wanted to make a film that celebrates homosexuality, with characters that I had never seen when I was young.”
“When people walk away from the film, I hope they remember the incredible love these kids have for each other and how that love should be protected and celebrated,” he said. he adds.
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