Horror movies are no strangers to social commentary, or the desire to be cathartic in how they use violence. Yet the latest example of those impulses, "They/Them," illustrates how tricky that proposition can be, in a story that at various times feels creepy, exploitative and preachy, without becoming particularly tense or scary.

The fact that the film is making its debut on Peacock, NBC's streaming service, indicates that nobody saw the finished product as a major commercial attraction. But it's worth acknowledging because it represents a kind of horror movie that seemingly wants to have its cake and carve it up too.

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