What lives in the Pacific Northwest and eats rotting animal carcasses? That’s the million-dollar question in the official trailer for Scott Cooper’s Antlers. A Guillermo del Toro-produced horror project that unravels a monstrous secret in a small Oregon town. Cooper, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca, has never directed a genre film until now.
The trailers may get the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up, but we’re still unsure of plot specifics. Rather smartly, Fox Searchlight is choosing to rely on the atmosphere. The viewer’s imagination to string audiences along until the movie opens in the spring of 2020. Like the campaign for 2008’s Cloverfield. These sparse teasers are sure to spark up a dialogue about what the monster is and where it comes from. Even now, we have no clue about why the project is titled Antlers.
It remains to be seen if Antlers has the narrative depth of either del Toro. Or Antosca’s prior work to go with its bleak mood-setting. But it certainly has the potential to be engaging. And unsettling fantasy-horror allegory. With a little luck, then, it will live up to the hype generated by its marketing campaign when it opens next spring.