Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed the first teaser trailer for director Scott Cooper (Hostiles) and producer Guillermo del Toro‘s Antlers and this looks like one of the best horror movies of the season.
The movie is an adaptation of a short story, The Quiet Boy, from Channel Zero producer Nick Antosca, and the movie stars Keri Russell as a school teacher in a small-town who starts to suspect something is severely messed up with one of her students. Here’s the plot summary:
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.
When talking about the importance of the movie, Copper explained, “I was so influenced early on by the work of John Carpenter, like Halloween, or certainly The Exorcist, which is a favorite of mine, or even Tarkovsky’s Stalker. So I’m able to bring all of that into one film which is exciting.” He went on to say:
“[Guillermo] said I’ve obviously never seen you direct a horror film, but there’s a lot of horrific moments in your movies, so I’m more interested in someone who doesn’t work in that genre to step into it. Which is I guess a bit like Friedkin in a sense, having not directing in that genre before he took on The Exorcist…[Guillermo is] fantastic and so supportive and wildly imaginative, so it’s really been a great collaboration.”
Antlers will be released sometime in 2020, If you want to read the short story that the film is based on, click here.