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‘They/Them’ positions conversion therapy in the right genre, with its horror take

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Conversion therapy has formed the premise for many films of late. Find a person who wasn't sickened by the Netflix documentary Pray Away or feature film dramas Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Now, thanks to Peacock, the evils of conversion therapy are being positioned in the appropriate genre: horror.

Titled They/Them, the film is set at a conversion camp dubbed 'Whistler Camp' in the US with a bout of slasher horror weaved throughout. Kevin Bacon is saddled with the role of Owen Whistler, the director of the week-long conversion therapy program intended to help queer teenagers find "a new sense of freedom" according to the film's logline. As the methods used at Whistler gradually become more sinister, a mysterious killer also comes out of the woodworks to claim campers, and so the teenagers must band together to survive.

Anna Chlumsky from Inventing Anna and My Girl, along with Carrie Preston are onboard as camp staffers, while Monique Kim, Quei Tann, Theo Germaine, Austin Crute, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, and Darwin del Fabro will play the LGBTIQA+ teens.

Speaking of the film, its director and writer John Logan said, "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".

“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," Logan continued.

They/Them will drop on Peacock on August 5, although there is still no word on an Australian release date. Preview the trailer, below.

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