In this age of inclusion and diversity, an LGBTQ-themed horror film was already missing, and now Blumhouse, the production company behind films like Paranormal activity – 83%, The Night of the Demon – 66%, Fragmented – 75% and Huye! – 99%, among others, will be in charge of a new project whose title has not been revealed, but in accordance with Deadline (via Collider) will deal with the infamous “conversion therapies.”
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The first major name that is involved in the production is the actor Kevin Bacon, a Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, and whom many will remember for his roles in Terror in the desert – 85%, Mystical river – 87% and X Men First generation – 87%, among other. He also has experience in the horror genre thanks to his performances in Friday the 13th – 58% and You Should Have Left.
The direction and script are provided by John Logan , nominated for an Oscar for his work on 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; from The Aviator – 87%, from Martin Scorsese, and of 007 Operation Skyfall – 93% and 007 Spectre – 65%, as well as the series Penny Dreadful – 100% and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels – 90%.
The only information provided by the media about the history of the film is that it will be set in a “conversion camp”, that it is a “LGBTQIA + empowerment” film and that it will star Theo Germaine, known from the series The Politician – 83%. Bacon, for his part, is also credited as a producer, along with 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 (1996).
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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 documentary shows Pray Away: The Cross in the Closet – 90%From Netflix, 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 dramas such as 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 comics 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 Developing.
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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.