THEY/THEM (2022) Reviews of conversion camp horror

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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.

Reviews:
They/Them succeeds more as a psychological, character-driven horror movie. Logan wrings some tension from intense conversations, brutal interactions, and occasional torment […] They/Them can’t subvert the slasher concept, though. Logan tries to cover too much ground with too many characters in such a short running time.” 2.5 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting

“They/Them is a very different type of movie that will likely be divisive for general audiences. As it stands, the film delivers on hyper-sexual thrills and gay-conversion chills […] I’m not sure that writer/director John Logan completely nails the balance of conversion-horror juxtaposed against slasher-horror, but They/Them is nevertheless a fun, altogether singular experience from Blumhouse.” 3 out of 5, Josh at the Movies

“The reveal of the killer is at best anticlimactic. At worst, it could be construed as counterproductive to the message that the camp is the real horror, not the masked slasher […] As an out gay filmmaker, Logan may have something sincere to say both about ant-LGBTQ tactics and the slasher movie genre. Unfortunately, combining them ends up sabotaging both sides of the story.” UPI

“At its best, it’s a welcome change from the days of yore, and an interesting diversion from what we understand and know about the subgenre. At its worst, though, the lack of dispatches stilts the pacing of the film, leaving long stretches of conversation that can drag, and dialogue that can feel forced […] When They/Them thinks it’s smarter and better than it actually is, the movie suffers, and so does the audience.” 2.5 out of 5, We Got This Covered

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