Sundance Horror Titles get 2021 Release Dates from Searchlight Pictures

In a sweep of good news for the world of horror, Deadline reported that Searchlight Pictures has set theatrical release dates for The Night House, Antlers and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

Opening on July 16, The Night House is the story of a widow named Beth, played by Rebecca Hall. Beth discovers her husband who recently died was hiding very frightening secrets when she inherits the lakeside home he built for her.

While she sleeps in the house, she begins having nightmares. These come as disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her. However, during the day sunlight vanquishes any trace of this haunting presence.

When Beth goes through the items her late husband left behind, she finds herself inside a deep and terrible mystery that she must get to the bottom of.

Directed by Scott Cooper, Antlers has been given a release date of October 29 after being postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19.

The film follows Lucas Weaver, a young student living in a small and isolated town in Oregon. A seemingly ordinary boy, Lucas however has a terrifying and mysterious connection to a local mythological creature from a time long past.

His teacher Julia Meadows (Keri Russell) and her Sheriff brother Paul (Jesse Plemons) become concerned about Lucas and the fact that he is secretly keeping a supernatural being inside his house.

Nightmare Alley, the latest feature from the legendary del Toro, will premier on December 3.

This date lines up with his 2017 film The Shape of Water that saw a release on December 1 that year. Also distributed by Searchlight, that was the film that won del Toro the Best Director Oscar.

With a script by del Toro himself and Kim Morgan, Nightmare Alley is about a carnival worker named Stan (Bradley Cooper) who has a few tricks up his sleeve and manipulates people with his words and wits.

When Stan hooks up with a female psychiatrist named Lilith (Cate Blanchett), it becomes clear she is much more cunning than he. Their story goes deep into the lowest depths of show business and the shady inhabitants that lay within.

Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, the film co-stars Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen and David Strathairn.

Are you excited for Searchlight’s latest round of releases? Check back soon for updates!

Mark McCurley
Since Mark was four years old he has always loved the horror genre, even when his mother would be a good parent and not let him watch such films. It was when he would sneak into the Horror section at the video store called Tommy K's that he would see all of the VHS covers of classics like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. During his time as a journalism major and news staff writer at Southern CT State University, he had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren before a seminar in 2009 at the Lyman Center on campus.

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