A group of LGBTQ+ young adults find themselves forced to attend a gay conversion camp haunted by a mysterious killer they them,
The straight-to-peacock Blumhouse offering has already sparked some dismay from industry pundits, with many fearing the film may handle combustible issues in a careless light. I’m pleased to report that writer/director John Logan Crafts they them With the utmost sincerity, but that goodwill doesn’t compensate for the aggressively flat horror maneuver.
Logan established a promising-enough foundation. The Oscar-nominated author’s non-traditional horror background focuses more on character development as the film grapples with the pain of our camper hero. I credit Logan for representing an LGBTQ+ point of view without toxically exploiting the characters for a meaningless slasher. His approach gains some promising frames along the way, like a cheerful sing-a-long to pink track that delivers some much-needed positive affirmations.
Unfortunately, most they them Dredge in the tired formula of the Hokey After-School Special. The over-crowded character roster prevents campers from developing an identity before one or two personality traits—a choice that turns any meaningful feelings into Fortune Cookie-level insights.
The young actors do their best to elevate the material, but Logan fills them in with casual dialogue exchanges and idealized personalities. Not even the sinister charisma of Kevin Bacon as the camp’s approachable yet quietly diabolical ring leader acquires too much awe or authenticity to the experience.
As a scary vehicle, they them is a non starter. Logan’s directorial debut reflected his lack of experience in the horror genre. His flat stylistic choice prevents the film from developing any suspense or suspense, while some horror setpieces are executed too cheaply to inspire much fanfare (the film doesn’t become a horror film until its final 20 minutes). Is). There’s merit in vying for a more subdued, character-driven horror experience, but Logan’s frivolous content and uninspired scenes only highlight the pace of the film.
It’s easy to see why Blumhouse opted for a straight-to-streaming release they them, Despite noble intentions, Logan struggles to imbue his unique concept with the dramatic gravity and craft it deserves.
they them Debuts on Peacock on 5th August.
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