A New Antlers Clip Foreshadows the Movie’s Looming Horrors

A New Antlers Clip Foreshadows the Movie’s Looming Horrors
Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, and Keri Russell in Antlers. (Image: Searchlight Pictures)

Antlers is a movie we’ve been waiting so long to see it’s almost unbelievable it hasn’t come out yet — but tomorrow, at last, is the big day for the Scott Cooper-directed, Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural horror tale. The film is coming off a bunch of festival screenings, but to increase the spooky hype that much more, Searchlight Pictures has released a new clip from the film.

The clip shows us middle-school teacher Julia Meadows (Keri Russell) calling on her shy, enigmatic student Lucas (Jeremy T. Thomas) to read the story he’s been working on to the class. He’s a bit of a misfit, but with her encouragement he begins to share. His tale — which he narrates from alarmingly detailed illustrations, not words — stars off a lot like a familiar fairy tale… until it quickly turns dark and frightening.

Obviously Lucas’ story is a thinly veiled description of his own family life, something the sympathetic Julia immediately picks up on. What doesn’t become clear until, presumably, a bit later in the movie is just how monstrous some of the “bears” Lucas is referring to really are, as suggested by the film’s official description: “In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.”

Antlers is based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca (Channel Zero), and its cast also features Jesse Plemons as Julia’s brother, the local sheriff, as well as Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. It’ll be in theatres tomorrow.

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