‘Antlers’ Scheduled For World Premiere At Beyond Fest

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.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Antlers.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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