The Los Angeles-based Beyond Fest is bringing the horror again this year.
And, to cap off the proceedings this autumn, Searchlight Pictures announced that Antlers–from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Scott Cooper–will headline the genre festival’s closing night, Oct. 11, as reported by Deadline, before holding its domestic debut Oct. 29.
Christian Parkes, founder of Beyond Fest, extolled the virtues of having the horror entry close out the festival. “Antlers features intense scares, a spectacular creature, riveting storytelling and accomplished performances,” he said. “We know our audiences will journey into the heart of the monster for this artful nail-biter.”
Antlers–helmed by Cooper from a screenplay he wrote with C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca (from Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy)–is set in an isolated Oregon town where school teacher Julia Meadows (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother Paul (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with student Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas), “whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature,” according to the official synopsis.
Cooper said he made Antlers as a “communal theatrical experience for cinema lovers. I can’t think of a more apt screening to launch our film before audiences, whom I hope share an appreciation for horror films with a different perspective on our everyday fears and ancestral mythology.”
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