When Kevin Bacon in the trailer for “They/Them” welcomes a group of queer teenagers to a gay conversion camp and promises them “a safe space” that will be inclusive for everyone, “safe” barely means that. you will not be murdered.
“They/Them” is an LGBTQ+ horror-thriller from writer/director John Logan and the team at Blumhouse Productions, and the title itself even plays around with some pronouns, as it’s pronounced “They SLASH Them.” , like in a slasher movie.
But the story actually comes from a personal place for Logan, the writer of “Skyfall,” “The Aviator” and “Gladiator” who makes his directorial debut on the film.
“‘They they’ germinated in me all my life. I’ve loved horror movies for as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent “the other” and as a gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, off limits, or off limits,” Logan said. “I wanted to make a film that celebrates homosexuality, with characters that I never saw when I was little. When people leave the film, I hope they will remember the incredible love that these children have for each other and how that love should be protected and celebrated.
Kevin Bacon plays the mysterious conversion therapy camp counselor. “They/Them” also stars Anna Chlumsky, Theo Germaine, Carrie Preston, Quei Tann, Austin Crute, Monique Kim, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch and Darwin del Fabro.
The film is produced by Jason Blum and produced by Logan, Scott Turner Schofield, Howie Young and Jon Romano.
“They/Them” will be released exclusively for Peacock and will launch on August 5. Check out the trailer above.