In this age of inclusion and diversity, an LGBTQ-themed horror movie was already missing, and now Blumhouse, the producer behind films like Paranormal Activity – 83%, Night of the Demon – 66%, Fragmented – 75% and Flee! – 99%, among others, will be in charge of a new project whose title has not been revealed, but according to Deadline (via Collider) it will be about the infamous “conversion therapies.”
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The first major name to be involved in the production is Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominated actor Kevin Bacon, whom many will remember for his roles in Terror in the Desert – 85%, Mystic River – 87% and X-Men: First Class – 87%, among others. He also has experience in the horror genre thanks to his performances on Friday the 13th – 58% and You Should Have Left.
The Oscar nominee for his work on Gladiator – John Logan is directing and writing the script. 76%, in the category of Best Original Screenplay; He was also a screenwriter for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – 86%, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy Film; by El Aviador – 87%, from Martin Scorsese, and from 007 Operation Skyfall – 93% and 007 Specter – 65%, as well as from the series Penny Dreadful – 100% and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels – 90%.
The only information provided by the medium about the history of the film is that it will be set in a “conversion camp”, which is a “LGBTQIA + empowerment” film and that it will star Theo Germaine, known for the series The Politician – 83%. Bacon, meanwhile, is also credited as a producer, alongside Scott Turner Schofield, and in this way he continues to expand his career, since in the past he has served as director and producer in Losing Chase (nineteen ninety six).
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LGBTQ “conversion therapies” were always based on ignorance and prejudice; In the case of Christians, various sects adopted these practices to supposedly correct or eradicate the sinful desires of young believers. As the Netflix documentary Pray Away: The Cross in the Closet – 90% shows, none of these “therapies” was really effective, they only caused pain and suffering to thousands of people and today they continue to exist to our dismay.
This may be an opportunity to show that LGBTQ stories can enrich the horror genre. In recent years we have seen an increase in the representation of the LGBTQ community on the big and small screen, but there is still a long way to go in the entertainment industry.
Blumhouse has become famous for its horror and horror productions, but there are also dramas like Whiplash: Music and Obsession – 94% and The KKKlan Infiltrator – 85%, both nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. They are also currently working on a reboot of Spawn – 19%, the Imagine comic book anti-hero created by Todd McFarlane, which had a feature film in 1997 but was not well received by critics and fans of the original comic. . In the same way, there is a new version of Dracula in development.
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One of the celebrities who has earned the scorn of the LGBTQ community in recent years is JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, who declared in 2020 openly anti-trans, and classified trans women as dangers to “real women “. His name is mentioned here because the pseudonym he used for his adult books was Robert Galbraith, name of an American psychiatrist who practiced conversion therapies in LGBTQ people and claimed to have been successful. Projects like Blumhouse’s with his still-untitled film will serve as a counterbalance to reactionary movements in the industry.