The genre has been experiencing a renaissance for about a decade now, so it’s a good time to be a horror fan. Modern Many of his classic hits in theaters over the years come from Blumhouse Productions, including hits like: Get out, Invisible Manand in 2018 HalloweenThe latest in these great releases is John Logan’s they/themwill be released as Peacock Exclusive.
Screenwriter John Logan makes his directorial debut. they/them, which he wrote and produced alongside Jason Blum. The new flick, a horror film set in a gay conversion camp, combines classic horror tropes. Friday the 13th With contemporary characters and stories.For an even stronger connection with Jason Voorhees, the original Friday the 13th Actor Kevin Bacon is a film star and producer. they/them.
Despite these similarities, the new Thrasher is an LGBTQ+-focused story never told this way. And while the atrocities of Whistler Camp’s “cure” are already terrifying enough, the terror is heightened by the masked killer’s escape.
They/Them’s authentic cast of queer characters shine through.
For some reason, the horror genre has historically been known to attract the LGBTQ+ community.and that’s part of the reason they/them Feels like such a win. It’s a film made by queer talent both in front of and behind the camera, so that her members of the audience’s queerness can literally be seen on screen rather than explicitly identifying with her non-LGBTQ+ character. you can see yourself The pain played by the withdrawn characters is visceral and real, as is the sense of community that forms among the campers.
politician Star Theo Germain spearheads a group of young stars as non-binary protagonist Jordan.they help buoyancy they/them‘s 90-minute running time is the quintessential horror movie performance, full of emotional peaks and valleys. Jermaine has scenes for the entire cast, including her group of impressive performers playing the adults of the camp, including Kevin Bacon, Carrie Preston, and Anna Chlumski.
Another standout book smartAustin Clute of they/themToby, the primary source of the comedy relief for . These humor beats are effective, but Kroot also stands up when his characters are targeted by Whistler Camp methods. It concludes with a solid performance by .
in the meantime they/them It’s a horror movie, to be sure, but the lighthearted moments John Logan capitalized on stand out. Often this happens thanks to the dialogue and interpersonal relationships of the younger cast. While their identities are under attack, the campers are able to create select families and affirm each other during the film’s run. Sometimes I sing !nk’s song “Fucking Perfect” with all my might.
Kevin Bacon and Zazem’s counselors deepen the story with killer performances.
Of course, no spooky camp would be complete without a group of adults as counselors. they/them Deliver to that forefront with a number of familiar faces. Front and center is none other than the great Kevin Bacon making yet another stamp on the horror genre with his Peacock films. That’s because his performance as Owen Whistler contains a lot that makes it delightfully unclear where exactly his loyalties lie.
true blood When good wife Actress Carrie Preston plays Owen’s wife Cora. they/themIn a particular scene with Jordan, played by Theo Germaine, in which she gaslights them about their identities, the master of mind warfare It’s a class.
finally, beep When Anna’s invention Actress Anna Chlumsky plays Molly, a staff nurse at Whistler Camp. Camp newcomer Chlumsky offers a warm and hopeful juxtaposition to the way staff otherwise humiliate young queer campers. My Girl Starr elevates the material with performances as part of a strong ensemble of actors.
The ending may be predictable, but They/Them is a celebration of queer culture and horror.
Like any slasher, a big mystery surrounds they/them Exactly who is the masked killer running around Whistler camp taking out people. You’ll understand. Anyway, that doesn’t detract from the entertainment of the bloody events unfolding in John Logan’s horror films.
This is in particular due to the methodical nature of Logan’s approach. Each young actor gets a moment to shine, showing different sides of the queer experience. And while the film features bloody killing and murder, it also shows how the language can be violent. When called, it causes the same anxiety as the chase scene. This may have been somewhat painful or even triggering for his LBGTQ+ actor, but the performance was dynamic and it’s clear the creative did a good job on the subject matter.
Despite the exciting rise in queer visibility in horror films, they/them is a love letter to both the horror and LGBTQ+ communities.The queer characters are the exciting and complex heroes we root for and whose motivations and histories are fully fleshed out. And although there may be many strange theories and references throughout they/them, is also an accessible and enjoyable horror film, even for viewers less immersed in the queer LGBTQ+ community. It’s a fun horror that mixes emotions, laughter and screams.