Watch: A Queer Conversion Camp Is Haunted in 'They/Them' Trailer

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday June 22, 2022

As if being sent to conversation camp wasn't creepy enough, the upcoming queer horror film "They/Them" is taking things a step further with a spooky story that is the stuff of LGBTQ nightmares.

As reported by Indie Wire, the film centers on the conversation camp Whistler, managed by charismatic camp director Owen Whistler played by Kevin Bacon. Bacon also serves as a executive producer on the film. Filling out the camp staff is licensed therapist and wife to Owen, Cora Whistler (Carrie Preston), and camp medic and newest employee Molly (Anna Chlumsky).

A press release announcing the film's trailer describes the campers as Jordan (Theo Germaine), a transgender and non-binary camper from a religious background who has made a deal with their parents to legally emancipate after attending Whistler; Alexandra (Quei Tann), a transgender woman whose parents have threatened to kick her out of the house if she didn't attend the camp; Toby (Austin Crute), a gay camper who negotiated with his parents for a trip to New York in exchange for a week at Whistler Camp; and Veronica (Monique Kim), a bisexual camper who wants to stop fighting who she really is.

"'They/Them' has been germinating within me my whole life," said Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, who will make his directorial debut on the film. "I've loved horror movies as long as I can remember, I think because monsters represent 'the other' and as a 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."

Logan also serves as executive producer for the film, adding, "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."

Over sinister music, a teaser for the film shows campers hesitant to explore camp grounds, despite assurances from Owen that it is a "safe space for everyone."

Things, of course, all take a turn for the worse from there. "Let's have some fun" Owen says with creepy charisma. Look for the film Aug. 5 on Peacock. See the trailer below.