Nearly two years have passed since FOX Searchlight shared the final trailer for Scott Cooper’s supernatural horror Antlers. Considering the time of its release, it’s no surprise the goings on of the world overshadowed the hubbub of a film that should absolutely be on your radar this Halloween.
Guillermo del Toro produced the film with David S. Goyerc and J. Miles Dale, alongside Cooper’s directing, and the film is an adaptation of Nick Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy” that first appeared January 2019 in Guernica magazine.
The film follows Julie Andrews, played by Keri Russell (Felicity, August Rush), who’s a teacher in a small Oregon town. After growing increasingly concerned about a student of hers, Andrews recruits the aid of her brother and local sheriff Paul, played by Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights), to investigate further.
The young student, Lucas, played by Jeremy T. Thomas (One Last Hit), secretly houses and cares for a supernatural creature that ultimately wreaks havoc on the small town, sending Andrews’ investigation down a dark and twisted rabbit hole.
News of the creative team leading the charge of Antlers was announced during the summer of 2018, with principal photography completing later that year. Although the film was initially given an April 2020 release date, the pandemic forced it further out a year, and then again to October 2021.
Now finally upon us, Antlers is a reminder that nearly two years ago Cooper and company showed us a horror tale fit for the season, and it certainly looks to deliver a terrifying experience this time around.