Five Movies To Watch When You’re Done With “They/Them”

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The 2022 American slasher film They/Them, written and directed by John Logan, in his feature directorial debut, and produced by Jason Blum, hit theaters last July 24 and had its premiere on the streaming platform Peacock last August 5.

It stars Theo Germaine, Carrie Preston, Anna Chlumsky, Austin Crute, Quei Tann, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, Monique Kim, Darwin del Fabro, Hayley Griffith, Boone Platt, Mark Ashworth, and Kevin Bacon. The film centers on a group of LBTQ+ teens joining a week-long program in a conversion camp. Aside from being subjected to unsettling conversion methods, the teens face danger as a masked killer starts a killing spree in the camp.

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They/Them have received mixed reviews but received praise for its salient themes. Cinedope published a film review and wrote, “They/Them offers a unique premise and concept and acknowledges the relationship between race and gender. It is a significant step in terms of delivering a message. The horrors of conversion therapy are well-depicted and do make you think.” Salon also reviewed the film praising its actors, saying, “They/Them” is notable for casting authentically and having trans, non-binary, gay, lesbian and queer actors playing trans, non-binary, gay, lesbian, and queer characters. It elevates the film because the characters feel real, even when they portray stereotypes.”

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If you liked They/Them, here are five movies worth watching, including slasher films and movies with similar themes and thrills.

Fear Street Part III: 1666

The American horror film series Fear Street Trilogy shares elements with the slasher film They/Them, especially Fear Street Part Three: 1666. Leigh Janiak directed it with a screenplay she co-wrote with other contributors and is based on R. L. Stine’s book series of the same name. The trilogy follows a group of teens who try to end the curse of Shadyside. The final installment is set in the mid-17th century and centers on a witch hunt in town which unveils the origins of Shadyside’s curse. The film stars Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., and Darrell Britt-Gibson. The film received generally positive reviews, and in a review published by Variety, they gave particular praise to the final installment of the film series, saying, “Fear Street Part 3: 1666” isn’t just the best of the Netflix horror trilogy; it also recasts the prior two entries, “1994” and “1978,” in a more favorable light by deepening the mythology and underscoring just how crucial it is to watch all three chapters consecutively.”

X

Just like They/Them, the 2022 slasher film X pays homage to classic 20th-century slasher films. It is written, directed, produced, and edited by Ti West. It stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, and Scott Mescudi. The film follows a group of actors and a crew filming an adult film at a rural Texas property owned by an elderly couple. The group, however, finds themselves fighting for their lives as a killer starts going after them. It received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the performances of Goth, Snow, and Ortega. The film has spawned a prequel film, Pearl, which will be released in September 2022.

The Final Girls

Another slasher film worth watching when you’re done with They/Them is the 2015 American comedy horror film The Final Girls, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and written by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller. The film stars Taissa Farmiga and Malin Åkerman, with Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, and Nina Dobrev in supporting roles. The plot follows a group of high school students who attend a special double-feature showing of a 1980s slasher film Camp Bloodbath and its sequel, only to find themselves transported in the film after the theater gets caught on fire, and they escape by cutting a hole through the screen.

Master

Although not a slasher film, the 2022 American psychological horror thriller film Master, written and directed by Mariama Diallo in her directorial debut, also tackles salient issues. The film stars Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, and Amber Gray. The plot centers on three women attending Ancaster, a dominantly white elite university in New England. The three women navigate the university’s politics and experience terrifying encounters that uncover the university’s haunted history.

IndieWire praised the film’s direction and performances, especially Regina Hall’s, saying, “By way of Hall’s potent, internal performance (the actress has rarely been better) and Diallo sharpening the edges of her dense, multidimensional script to interrogate race through horror, rather than the scares being the horror itself, “Master” finds its footing again. A testament to this filmmaker’s shrewd craftsmanship.”

Pray Away

Pray Away is a 2021 American documentary film produced and directed by Kristine Stolakis, with Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy serving as executive producers. Just like They/Them, it centers on the issue of conversion therapy. The documentary features the stories of conversion therapy survivors and their former leaders. Pray Away had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021, and was made available on Netflix on August 3, 2022.

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