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Here's First-Look Images From Conversion Therapy Thriller 'They/Them'
Are you ready for a new kind of queer horror?
They/Them (pronounced "They-slash-Them") is an upcoming Blumhouse-produced slasher film set at an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp led by Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon). When a group of queer and trans campers arrive at the camp for a week of programming intended to "help them find a new sense of freedom," they find out that not everything is what it appears.
As the camp's methods become more extreme and unsettling, the campers also find themselves being attacked by a mysterious killer. The film also stars Carrie Preston as Cora Whistler, the wife of the camp director, and a therapist, and Anna Chlumsky as Molly, the camp's medic.
When we first heard the news that trans actor Theo Germaine would be starring in this project last year, we were beyond excited. We've seen queer movies about conversion therapy before (But I'm a Cheerleader, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Boy Erased), but putting a horror spin on it is an entirely new, and exciting, way to tell the story.
Now that we know more and have seen these first images, we're already planning our movie night to watch it. They/Them, is written and directed by John Logan and debuts on Peacock on August 5. Check out the first images below!
Theo Germaine stars as Jordan, a trans and nonbinary camper from a religious background who made a deal with their parents to be legally emancipated if attending the camp doesn't work.
Other campers include Alexandra (Quei Tann), a trans girl who's parents are threatening to kick her out; Toby (Austin Crute), a gay camper who traded a week at camp for a trip to New York; Veronica (Monique Kim), a bisexual camper who wants to stop fighting who she is; Kim (Anna Lore), a closeted lesbian camper; Stu (Cooper Koch), a jock who doesn't think he can get a swim scholarship while being gay; and Gabriel (Darwin del Fabro), a sensitive gay camper who's tired of the bullying he's faced his entire life.
"THEY/THEM has been germinating within me my whole life. I've loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent 'the other' and as gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden," writer/director John Logan said in a statement. "I wanted to make a movie that celebrates queerness, with characters that I never saw when I was growing up. When people walk away from the movie, I hope they're going to remember the incredible love that these kids have for each other and how that love needs to be protected and celebrated."