Owen (Kevin Bacon) welcomes newcomers to his “gay conversion camp” in “They/Them.”
The prolific and versatile John Logan wrote a number of acclaimed plays in Chicago including the real-life crime dramas “Never the Sinner” and “Hauptmann” before turning to Hollywood and creating some of the most memorable screenplays of the last 20 years, writing or co-writing “Gladiator,” “The Last Samurai,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo,” as well as the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre.”
At the age of 60, Logan makes his feature directorial debut with the Blumhouse horror movie “They/Them,” and that’s pronounced “They-Slash-Them,” as this is an uneven but intriguing and thought-provoking mashup of “gay conversion camp” films such as “But I’m a Cheerleader” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” and cabin-in-the-woods slasher films such as “Friday the 13th” and, well, “The Cabin in the Woods.”
Writer-director Logan’s social commentary darts don’t always hit the bullseye, and there are times when it feels as if “They/Them” has almost forgotten it’s a horror film, but this is an eminently watchable film with some nifty twists and turns, and fine performances from a cast of reliable veterans and promising newcomers. There’s something refreshing about this big creative swing, which champions inclusivity in frank and funny and sometimes sweet fashion—and then delivers a gruesome bit of nastiness.
Source:: Chicago Sun Times
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