What exactly are Antlers?
Antlers, the horror thriller, will finally see the light of day after severe delays. Beyond Fest and American Cinematheque have confirmed that the film would have its global debut on the festival’s last night.
Antlers were one of the most anticipated horror films of 2020, but its release in theatres was delayed by COVID-19. The crew behind this horror concept included director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Hostiles), producers Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic), David S. Goyer (The Night House, Apple TV+’s Foundation), and J. Miles Dale (Nightmare Alley).
Nick Antosca’s eerie short story was published in January 2019 by Guernica. “The Quiet Boy” is set in a rural community where a youngster hides a tragic secret that endangers the lives of everyone around him. It’s a wonderful scary narrative that you can read for free online, yet some people may feel obliged to avoid it. After all, the story is going to be adapted for the big screen with the upcoming film “Antlers.”
The film is based on Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca’s short tale “The Quiet Boy.”
Here’s a quick synopsis:
In Antlers, a middle school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become involved with her intriguing pupil (Jeremy T. Thomas), whose dark secrets lead to horrific meetings with a fabled ancestral beast that came before them.
After one of her pupils writes a scary narrative for class, Julia senses something is wrong. She learns from him that he has a supernatural presence in his residence after conversing with him. She alerts her brother about the situation. To solve the mystery, they must investigate local myths and tales. According to the “Antlers” trailer, the creature is apparently linked to a spate of fatalities that had occurred throughout town.
“Antlers” appears to be in the classic tradition of horror films centered on frightening children, such as “The Omen” and “Orphan.” The little child in the video appears to have a unique relationship with the monster, and it will be intriguing to watch how everything plays out. If you can’t wait that long to be terrified, you can always read the short story online.
When will Antlers be released?
The film was scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020 (via The Playlist), however, Searchlight Pictures canceled those plans after most companies were forced to close due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Later, Deadline claimed that the film will be released on February 19, 2021, but that date has passed. With movie theatres progressively reopening, it looks like “Antlers” will stick to its revised release date and be available to everyone over the age of 16 on October 29, 2021.
Antlers will be released in theatres on October 29 in the United States. On October 11, it will have its global premiere at Beyond Fest.
In anticipation of the film’s theatrical premiere, Fantastic Fest will host a special showing on October 11 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in San Francisco and Austin. The worldwide premiere will take hold on October 13 at the Sitges International Film Festival. It will also be the Telluride Horror Show’s closing night picture on October 17 and the Chicago International Film Festival’s special drive-in screening on October 15.
Director, Crew, and More
Antlers are directed by Scott Cooper, who has previously worked on Black Mass, Hostiles, Out of the Furnace, and Crazy Heart. Guillermo del Toro, David S. Goyer, and J. Miles Dale produce, as should come as no surprise at this time. C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, and Scott Cooper wrote the script. The film’s cinematographer is Florian Hoffmeister (A Quiet Passion), while the musical soundtrack is composed by Javier Navarrete (Great).
Cast of Antlers
Keri Russell portrays Julia Meadows (Katelyn Peterson plays a younger version of the character), Jesse Plemons portrays Paul Meadows, Jeremy T. Thomas portrays Lucas Weaver, Graham Greene portrays Warren Stokes, Scott Haze portrays Frank Weaver, Rory Cochrane portrays Dan Lecroy, and Amy Madigan portrays Principal Booth.