Although it may seem like Kevin Bacon came full circle with “They/Them,” he said he wasn’t thinking about his role in “Friday the 13th” on the set of his latest film.
“There’s a great sense of separation,” Bacon said. “It’s been 40 years or so and it felt like a very different kind of film in a lot of ways — a higher budget film, a film with a social perspective. ,Friday the 13th.’ was a smash hit and worked really well as a film in a very specific genre. ‘They/Them’ is a little bit deeper than that.”
One reason They/Them differs from Friday the 13th is the fact that the former almost doesn’t need a serial killer to be terrifying, as the real horror is what’s happening day by day at conversion camp. Another difference is that while Bacon still portrays a camp counselor, he is not an innocent victim. As Owen Whistler, he can go from charmingly sensitive to monstrously mean in the blink of an eye, illustrated by a terrifying scene in which the character threatens to torment an elderly dog if one of the campers doesn’t shoot him first.
How did Bacon bond with such a horrible guy? “Get in and settle down,” he said. “I don’t do things by halves. When I’m playing him, I want to give it – like that scene… about the dog – I want to give everything I can.”
They/Them is now streaming exclusively on Peacock.