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A new horror movie about a killer at a controversial conversion therapy camp has been slammed by the online community.
They/Them - pronounced ‘they slash them’ - is described as an LGBTQIA+ slasher film, starring Kevin Bacon as the conversion camp leader.
As outlined by Deadline, the directorial debut comes from Skyfall writer John Logan, and follows Bacon’s Owen Whistler who is joined by a number of queer and trans residents who must endure a regiment of discriminatory programming.
The synopsis continues: “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.”
Following the news that the film will drop this summer, plenty of people have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the premise.
While many love the play on words in the title, others aren’t entirely convinced, with one Twitter user writing: “I can’t tell if this is just a joke or they’re being serious and this is a real thing.”
Another said, “Pronouns are horror villains now,” to which someone replied, “This is as dumb as that time some people tried to make a Karen horror movie. Like, seriously? You're making a horror film... about a meme?
Was only a matter of time before Hollywood started cashing in on the pronoun game.— Leo (@WitleyChip) May 12, 2022
Eh, I'm not going to pretend I care either way. I'll watch just about any slasher flick, good or bad.
A fourth said: “Was only a matter of time before Hollywood started cashing in on the pronoun game,” although they did add: “Eh, I'm not going to pretend I care either way. I'll watch just about any slasher flick, good or bad.”
Others, however, were supportive of the upcoming horror, with one describing the title as ‘creative’.
Either way, it’s certainly got people talking.
Logan himself opened up about his development of the idea, stating: “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.”
If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, They/Them will debut on Peacock on Friday, August 5.
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