"This is a safe space, for everyone," Kevin Bacon's Owen Whistler, the conversion camp's director, says at the start of the trailer immediately giving us a taste of the tone of the film. While this movie is going to be bloody and scary, it also seems to understand exactly what it is. And that's a movie with a pronoun murder pun for a title.
It's a pretty short teaser, just giving us the overall setting and mood. Each of the workers at the camp gets different moments to shine and look terrifyingly menacing, and each of the campers gets a turn at looking terrified.
The trailer also lets us get to know the campers a little better, as we see them dancing and vogueing, and getting close with one another. Apart from Theo Germaine's nonbinary camper Jordan, there's trans girl Alexandra, bisexual Veronica, closeted lesbian Kim, jock Stu, and gay campers Toby and Gabriel.
We even get a quick look at the killer's mask at the end of the preview! And wouldn't you know it, the mask is also slashed down the middle! Is this the first truly bigender slasher in a horror movie?
"They/Them has been germinating within me my whole 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, outlawed, or forbidden," said writer/director John Logan 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."
The horror genre has always played with queer themes, and slasher villains have often been given some sort of gender ambiguity, think Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, Norman Bates in Psycho, and Michael Caine's character in Dressed to Kill. Now, we're finally getting the queer response.
They/Them stars Kevin Bacon, Anna Chlumsky, Carrie Preston, Theo Germaine, Quei Tann, Austin Crute, Monique Kim, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, and Darwin del Fabro. It will debut exclusively on Peacock on Friday, August 5.