If Guillermo del Toro were to merely tell us he is looking forward to a new horror film, we would be a lot more likely to go see it. When he’s actively involved in the making of one—like he is with the upcoming monster flick Antlers, which he produced—we’re ready to line up on for tickets on opening night. However, we didn’t even need to know he had anything to do with the movie, because the first trailer has us totally freaked out and ready to never go in our basement again. It’s an unsettling, entirely new monster story that looks like a children’s bedtime tale came to life as a living—and human devouring—nightmare.
“In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.”
“Dangerous secret with frightening consequences” is one way to describe what appears to be a giant half-human/half-buck creature that breaks loose of its (possibly self-imposed) cage so it can find something/someone to eat. Also, if you would rather be surprised by the movie and/or sleep peacefully tonight, don’t freeze frame any of the creature shots. We wish we hadn’t.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass), who wrote the screenplay with C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero), Antlers is based upon the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. It’s also being produced by David Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) and J. Miles Dale (producer of The Shape of Water and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark).
It’s not hard to see why this particular story appealed to the monster-loving Guillermo del Toro. No one does a nightmare children’s story quite like he does. If he wasn’t involved with this one we’d still be thinking about him when we saw it.
Antlers comes to theaters in 2020.
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