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 behind a new project whose title has not been revealed, but according to Deadline (via Collider) it will be about the infamous “conversion therapies.”
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 – 25% and You Should Have Left.
The direction and script are by John Logan, nominated for an Oscar for his work as a writer in Gladiator – 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. Bacon, for his part, also appears in the credits as producer, along with Scott Turner Schofield, and in this way continues to expand his career, having in the past served as director and producer on Losing Chase (1996).
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 shows, none of these “therapies” were 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.