Kevin Bacon Horror Movie ‘They/Them’ Closes Outfest LGBTQ+ Festival – Deadline

the 40the The Outfest LGBTQ+ film festival in Los Angeles is in the books after the closing night world premiere of Peacock’s horror flick. they they (pronounced They-cut-them).

Kevin Bacon and Carrie Preston play a couple who run a Christian-oriented “gay conversion therapy” camp in a remote wooded area, preaching a contradictory philosophy of self-acceptance and what amounts to self-denial. A new busload of LGBT and non-binary youth show up for ‘treatment’, most of them sent by their families in the hope that they will learn to conform to social norms.

Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick attended the premiere, along with most of the cast and filmmaker John Logan, one of Hollywood’s greatest screenwriters and a three-time Oscar nominee making his directorial debut with they they.

DirectionL-R John Logan, Michael Aguilar, Hayley Griffith, Boone Platt, Austin Crute
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Logan, introducing his film at The Theater at the Ace Hotel, noted, “I wrote my first play 40 years ago and I’ve been writing screenplays for 30 years and this is the film I chose to direct because it’s so personal to me. When I was a gay kid, queer characters in horror movies didn’t exist. Or if they existed, they were victims, or they were pranks. And I felt that lack. I wanted my favorite genre to celebrate who I was.”

Previously on the red carpet, Logan elaborated, telling Deadline, “Audiences can expect a frightening and exciting movie, but more so, it’s a story about queer empowerment and about seven queer kids who are heroes, which is something we don’t see.” “. a lot and we don’t really see much in the horror genre. So, I was happy to get into that pool.”

Kevin Bacon in a scene from 'Them/Them'

Kevin Bacon in ‘Them/Them’. Behind him, in a pink blouse, is Carrie Preston.
Peacock/Photo by: Josh Stringer/Blumhouse

He helped the cast get involved by giving Bacon and his co-stars extensive information about gay conversion therapy, which has been banned in 20 states, including California, Colorado, Illinois and Utah.

“Just the idea that, when I started looking at the research, there was still this idea that people could go somewhere and become something they weren’t, it was such a horrible notion, as far as I know. worried,” Bacon told Deadline. “And it’s torture in a way.”

The film premieres on the Peacock streaming service on August 5, guaranteeing it a wide potential audience.

“John wanted to make a movie that he thought might have a chance of attracting attention,” Bacon said. “If you make a little dark indie, you can get a couple of people to watch it, but they’ll probably already agree that gay conversion isn’t something that should be happening. So if you frame it in a nice, fun, wild horror movie, then maybe it gets more attention.”

Theo Germain as "Jordan" in 'Them/Them'

Theo Germaine (center) as “Jordan” in ‘Them/Them’
Peacock/Photo by: Josh Stringer/Blumhouse

Preston sends chills down the spine as camp collaborator Cora Whistler, a stiff-haired woman with a gooey smile who demeans campers with ugly insults while ostensibly delivering a message of love. In one sequence, Cora sits down with Jordan (Theo Germaine) and urges them to deny her identity.

“I apologized to Theo Germaine before we did the conversion scene in the movie,” Preston shared. “Sadly, I feel like my character thinks he’s saving these young people, and he’s doing it in a really dark and manipulative way. But I think somewhere she really believes that she’s doing something nice for them, as disturbing as that is.”

Adds Preston of the film: “It uses the horror genre to make bold social commentary, which is a great use of that genre. It’s shining a light on the real-life horrors of gay conversion and quote unquote ‘therapy’, because you can’t call it therapy, and how damaging it is and how it has harmed so many people.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, “So-called ‘conversion therapy,’ sometimes known as ‘reparative therapy,’ is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These practices have been shunned by all major mental health and medical organizations for decades, but due to ongoing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some professionals continue to perform conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness and suicide.”

Actor Austin Crute attends Outfest

Actor Austin Crute attends Outfest
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austin raw (smart booking) plays Toby, a camper who doesn’t agree with the whole gay conversion thing.

“It’s very rewarding to be a part of a movie like this,” Crute said. “It’s not every day you sign up for a horror movie about queer empowerment.”

Monique Kim plays Veronica, a young bisexual woman who develops an attraction to fellow camper Kim (Anna Lore).

“This is a movie that I wish existed when I was a kid,” Kim said. “So to get to be a part of the movie in that way, I think I’m still trying to process it. But it doesn’t escape me at all. There will be a lot of young gay people watching this, seeing themselves in it.”

Referencing gay conversion therapy programs, Kim added, “Unfortunately, more than 25 states still have them. It’s still legal in these camps. And over 80,000 young queer people experience it every year, so it’s still very real in this country today. And I hope people realize that when they see this movie.”

The cast of 'Ellos/Ellos' on the Outfest red carpet

LR Monique Kim, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, Theo Germaine, Kevin Bacon, Carrie Preston, Austin Crute, Darwin Del Fabro, Quei Tann
Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock for Outfest

they they comes from Blumhouse Productions, the company behind Paranormal activity, Salt, the purge, Insidious, and many other notable horror films. In 2020, Blumhouse released you should have gonea psychological horror film that also starred Kevin Bacon.

“I have a history with Blumhouse. We’ve done a lot of work together. They know fear,” Bacon explained. “Also…when I heard that not only was John Logan going to write this movie, but he was going to be behind the camera, I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, this is great.'”

he summarizes they they in a nutshell.

“I would say it’s scary, it’s empowering,” Bacon observed. “And, for a horror movie, it’s moving.”

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