After scaring cinephiles with his adaptation of the classic book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro is now readying his latest horror film Antlers for audiences worldwide.
Produced by del Toro and directed by Scott Cooper, Antlers centers on a small-town Oregon teacher (portrayed by Keri Russell) and her brother, the town sheriff, (played by Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad fame) who discover a young student is hiding a dark secret. Shown within the final trailer are cryptic visuals, horrifying drawings, and some sort of demonic creature, perhaps the young boy’s father, eating what looks to be humans. The new clip also gives viewers a better look at what they can expect from the film’s plot.
The film is inspired by the story The Quiet Boy from Nick Antosca, creator of SYFY’s Channel Zero.
“It’s been a lot of fun, and very different for me,” Cooper previously told Collider about the film. “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…[Guillermo is] fantastic and so supportive and wildly imaginative, so it’s really been a great collaboration. I’m very fortunate that he asked me to do this.”
Antlers lands in theaters on April 17, 2020.
The folk horror subgenre has been gaining traction once again. Following Ari Aster’s MIDSOMMAR released earlier this summer.