Kevin Bacon Plays A Sinister Conversion Therapy Leader In 'They/Them' Teaser

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The real-life horrors of the cheery conversion therapy question are astir to get the slasher movie treatment.

Peacock released a teaser connected Wednesday for “They/Them,” retired Aug. 5. Written and directed by John Logan, the movie follows a radical of LGBTQ teens sent to Camp Whistler, an instauration that promises to “cure” visitors of their same-sex attraction oregon their transgender and gender-nonconforming identities.

The teaser besides introduces viewers to Owen Whistler (played by Kevin Bacon), the camp’s manager who promises “a harmless abstraction for everyone” successful spite of the menacing beingness of his wife, Cora (Carrie Preston) and medic, Molly (Anna Chlumsky).

However, not everything astatine Camp Whistler is arsenic it appears, and the campers soon find themselves targeted by a masked killer.

Catch the trailer for “They/Them” below.

Bacon surely has fearfulness movie pedigree, having starred successful 1980’s “Friday the 13th.” Elements of “They/Them” look to person been inspired by that franchise.

The medically denounced signifier of conversion therapy, euphemistically called reparative therapy by its proponents, has been depicted successful the Hollywood movies “Boy Erased” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Still, viewers whitethorn beryllium divided connected whether specified a arguable taxable is suitable turf for a slasher movie successful 2022, particularly arsenic the U.S. is experiencing a troubling surge successful anti-LGBTQ legislation.

“I wanted to marque   a movie   that celebrates queerness, with characters that I ne'er  saw erstwhile   I was increasing  up,” manager  and screenwriter John Logan said.
“I wanted to marque a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I ne'er saw erstwhile I was increasing up,” manager and screenwriter John Logan said.

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But Logan, whose screenwriting credits see “The Aviator” and “Gladiator,” believes “They/Them” is, ultimately, a solemnisation of LGBTQ identity.

“I’ve loved fearfulness movies arsenic agelong arsenic I tin remember, I deliberation due to the fact that monsters correspond ‘the other’ and arsenic a cheery kid, I felt a almighty consciousness of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, oregon forbidden,” he told Indiewire. “I wanted to marque a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I ne'er saw erstwhile I was increasing up.”

“When radical locomotion distant from the movie, I anticipation they’re going to retrieve the unthinkable emotion that these kids person for each different and however that emotion needs to beryllium protected and celebrated,” he added.

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