THEY/THEM (2022) Preview of conversion camp slasher

  

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They/Them is a 2022 American slasher mystery horror film involving queer empowerment set at a gay conversion camp.

Written and directed by John Logan (Penny Dreadful series), making his feature directorial debut, the Blumhouse Productions stars Kevin Bacon.

Blurb:
They/Them is “a slasher horror film set at an LGBTQIA+ conversion camp starring Bacon as Owen Whistler. Several queer and trans campers join Whistler for a week of programming intended to ‘help them find a new sense of freedom.

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As the camp’s methods become increasingly more psychologically unsettling, the campers must work together to protect themselves. When a mysterious killer starts claiming victims, things get even more dangerous.”

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Release:
They/Them will debut on the Peacock streaming platform on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Cast and characters:
Kevin Bacon (he/him) plays Owen Whistler, the conversion camp director who runs Whistler Camp alongside several counsellors including his wife, Cora.

Anna Chlumsky (she/her) plays Molly, the camp’s medic and newest employee.

Carrie Preston (she/her) plays Cora Whistler, a licensed therapist in charge of the campers’ therapy sessions, and the wife of camp director Owen Whistler.

Theo Germaine (they/them) plays Jordan, a transgender and non-binary camper from a religious background who has made a deal with their parents to legally emancipate if attending Whistler doesn’t “work.”

Quei Tann (she/her) plays Alexandra, a transgender woman whose parents have threatened to kick her out of the house if she didn’t attend the camp.

Austin Crute (he/him) plays Toby, a gay camper who negotiated with his parents for a trip to New York in exchange for a week at Whistler Camp.

Monique Kim (she/her) plays Veronica, a bisexual camper who wants to stop fighting who she really is.

Anna Lore (she/her) plays Kim, a closeted lesbian camper who puts on a perfectly crafted front for her family and friends, assuming that when she fits in, she’ll finally be loved.

Cooper Koch (he/him) plays Stu, a jock with aspirations of a swimming scholarship and joining his father’s fraternity – things he doesn’t feel he can achieve if he’s open about being gay.

Darwin del Fabro (he/him) plays Gabriel, a sensitive gay camper tired of the persistent name-calling and bullying he’s endured his entire life.

Original title:
Whistler Camp

Background:
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 a gay kid I felt a powerful sense of kinship with those characters who were different, outlawed, or forbidden,” said the writer and director, John Logan. “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.”

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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