Exclusive: Kevin Bacon discusses his role in the new horror film Peacock They/Them and its parallels to the iconic slasher Friday the 13th.
In Screen Rant’s exclusive interview, Kevin Bacon acknowledges the similarities between They they and classic horror Friday 13. They they is written and directed by John Loganan early director known for writing Gladiator and celestial fall. The film is produced by horror film powerhouse Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and is available to stream exclusively on Peacock.
Bacon is no stranger to the horror genrefeatured in many throughout his career, including Tremors, Flatlinersand Friday 13. This time, Bacon leads the cast of They they, where he plays Owen Whistler, the owner and operator of a gay conversion camp. The story follows a group of LGBTQ+ teenagers sent to Camp Whistler where they undergo heinous acts of talk therapy at the hands of camp counselors. Along with the counselors’ torment, it becomes apparent that someone is kidnapping the teenagers one by one. The influence of Friday 13 weighs heavily on They theyand Bacon’s inclusion in the cast further cements that.
In an exclusive interview with Screen RantBacon opens up about his role in They they and the parallels with Friday 13. When asked if he had Camp Crystal Lake flashbacks, Bacon describes his experience on set and how comfortable it was for him to return to the old territory. The actor describes parallels to the iconic setting of Friday 13, including the campsite, the woods, the lake and, of course, the teenage victims. Bacon says it was something we discussed on set with Logan as the film built on those influences. Check out Bacon’s full quote below:
It’s something we’ve definitely talked about. John [Logan] and I discussed [it], and there was something about being back in a real camp on a real lake. Friday the 13th is Blairstown, New Jersey, and it was rural Georgia. I like to be outdoors. I like the woods. So, I felt really happy to be there.
Whereas They they is strongly influenced by Friday 13 and the slasher genrehe manages to distinguish himself from his predecessors. They they focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ+ characters, which is particularly unique for a film in the slasher horror genre. By having the story take place in a conversion camp, audiences will understand the characters as they endure real-life horror that some members of the LGBTQ+ community have actually experienced. However, empathy is not often given to characters in the slasher genre. In Friday 13, the camp counselors are little more than obstacles in the way of Jason Voorhees, who meet their untimely demise without much mourning from viewers. By drawing on social commentary and using satire, They they flips the script over tired slasher tropes.
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