Fox Searchlight has just released the final trailer for Antlers. This is the latest offering from Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), who serves as a producer on the project. Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Crazy Heart) is in the director’s chair for what looks to be one crazy dose of creature-based horror. Unlike the other trailers that were playing things a bit coy, this one gives us a really good look at del Toro’s latest monster, and it’s the stuff nightmares are made of.
The Antlers trailer kicks off with some intriguing voiceover discussing the nature of storytelling. Specifically, myths and legends. While that’s happening, we see a little boy walking around in the woods before he comes upon an old house where some truly unsettling craziness goes down. Things then progress as a body, or at least part of a body, is found and local authorities scramble to figure out what exactly could have done this. Not to spoil it, but the trailer doesn’t leave that up in the air, as we get a look at the culprit and it is one truly impressive and terrifying beast.
That’s not to say we couldn’t be in for some twists and turns along the way, but as presented, this looks like a pitch-black, high-concept creature feature. Scott Cooper hasn’t tackled horror before as a director, but his movies like Out of the Furnace and, more recently, his western Hostiles, showcase his knack for dealing with dark material, as well as his ability to make bleak subject matter entertaining and compelling. With the help of Guillermo del Toro, who certainly knows his way around this genre, this could make for a winning combination.
Antlers centers on a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, who discover that a young student named Lucas is holding onto a dangerous secret that comes with frightening consequences. The cast includes Keri Russell (The Americans), Jesse Plemons (El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie), Jeremy T. Thomas (Lore), Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Scott Haze (Venom), Rory Cochrane (A Scanner Darkly) and Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone).
The screenplay was written by C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper. The movie is based on Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy. David S. Goyer and J. Miles Dale are producing alongside Guillermo del Toro. Interestingly, thanks to the massive merger earlier this year, this is technically a Disney release, since they now own Fox. Obviously, it’s not being billed as such, but this is the kind of thing that, hopefully, Disney won’t be too scared to take a risk on in the future, as this was produced before the merger officially went into effect. But, if it does well enough financially, there’s no reason to think, or at least hope, this kind of thing can’t continue under the Disney regime. Antlers arrives in theaters on April 17, 2020, from Fox Searchlight. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.