Antlers (film)

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Antlers poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster with previous release date
Directed byScott Cooper
Screenplay by
Based on"The Quiet Boy"
by Nick Antosca
Produced by
CinematographyFlorian Hoffmeister
Edited byDylan Tichenor
Music byJavier Navarrete
  • Phantom Four
  • Double Dare You Productions
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Release date
  • October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
Running time
99 minutes
  • United States
  • Mexico[1]
  • Canada[1]

Antlers is an upcoming supernatural horror film directed by Scott Cooper. It follows a school teacher and her police officer brother in a small Oregon town, where they become convinced one of her students is harboring a supernatural creature. The film stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. The screenplay, written by C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, and Cooper, was adapted from Antosca's short story "The Quiet Boy", originally published in Guernica magazine in January 2019.[2]

Antlers is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 29, 2021, by Searchlight Pictures, after being delayed twice from an April 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Julia Meadows (Keri Russell), a school teacher in a small town in Oregon, and her brother, Paul (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become concerned about one of her students, a young boy named Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas) who is secretly keeping a supernatural creature inside his house.[3]



In July 2018, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro would produce Antlers, a film to be directed by Scott Cooper with Keri Russell in negotiations to star. It was planned to begin filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by the fourth quarter of 2018.[4] In August 2018, Jesse Plemons joined the cast.[5] In October 2018, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze, and Rory Cochrane joined the cast.[6][7]

Principal photography began on October 1, 2018, and finished on November 30, 2018.[8][9]


The film was previously scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020,[10] but was removed from the release calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] It was rescheduled to February 19, 2021, before being removed from the release calendar again.[12][13] It is scheduled to be released on October 29, 2021.[14]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 79% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 6.70/10.[15]

Todd Gilchrist of TheWrap gave the film a mostly positive review, calling it "a handsome, meticulous, yet overly serious entry in a horror sub-genre explored too infrequently; Guillermo del Toro was right to choose Cooper, but what the film needs is more of del Toro's own exuberance to truly bring it to life."[16] Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend gave the film a 2.5 out of 5 star rating, saying in a mixed review "Given its promise and everything it does right, Antlers winds up being a frustrating experience."[17]


  1. ^ a b "Antlers (2021)". Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Quiet Boy". Guernica. January 28, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Erbland, Kate (August 20, 2019). "Antlers First Trailer: Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro Bring Supernatural Terror to a Small Town". IndieWire. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Keri Russell in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro-Produced Thriller Antlers (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 11 July 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 14, 2018). "Jesse Plemons to Co-Star With Keri Russell in Scott Cooper's Antlers (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 1, 2018). "Graham Greene, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze Join Scott Cooper's Horror Thriller Antlers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Scott Cooper's Horror Film Antlers Begins Production". October 1, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Stevens, Michael. "Vancouver Film - "Antlers", "The 100", "Siren"". Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "UPDATE: Scott Cooper's Antlers Produced By Guillermo del Toro Shoots October–November In Vancouver". GWW. August 13, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Frazer, Harry (October 23, 2019). "Antlers Trailer: Scott Cooper's Terrifying Horror Finds Cannibals Terrorizing A Small Town". ThePlaylist. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 12, 2020). "Mulan Release Pushed Back Amid Coronavirus Pandemic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 23, 2020). "Mulan Off The Calendar; Disney Also Delays Avatar & Star Wars Movies By One Year As Studio Adjusts To Pandemic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Couch, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Free Guy, Thor 4 and Lightyear Get Release Dates Amid New Disney Plan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2021). "Searchlight Dates Sundance Acquisition The Night House, Nightmare Alley & More For Later This Year". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  15. ^ "Antlers". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  16. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (October 12, 2021). "'Antlers' Film Review: Mythological Horror Tale Heavy on Drama, Light on Excitement". TheWrap. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  17. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (October 12, 2021). "Antlers Review: A Well Made Horror Movie That Doesn't Stick The Landing". CinemaBlend. Retrieved October 12, 2021.

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