Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Keri Russell has ditched her helmet for a set of killer antlers in director Scott Cooper’s latest movie, and the reviews are in.
Literally titled Antlers, this dark creature-feature also boasts Guillermo del Toro as a producer, with one of the busiest actors of his generation Jesse Plemons playing one of the main roles as a local sheriff.
Russell portrays a school teacher in Oregon, who becomes concerned for one of her students (Lucas, portrayed by newcomer Jeremy T Thomas). What she doesn’t know is that he’s harbouring a horrific monster inside his house.
Ahead of the movie’s release on US screens later this month, the circle of critics have shared their thoughts in newly-published reviews.
“Thoroughly successful both as icky arthouse horror and as an allegory of generational trauma, Scott Cooper’s Antlers continues the director’s hot streak while bearing the unmistakable mark of one of its producers, Guillermo del Toro.
“Adapted from a short story by Nick Antosca (one of three screenwriters here), it watches as an ancient, malevolent monster terrorises a small community already wracked by drugs and despair. Child actor Jeremy T Thomas impresses in his first lead performance, a haunted turn embodying the picture’s deepest conflicts about family, duty and self-preservation.”
“Those expecting more of a traditional monster movie based on the provocative trailers that have been playing since before the pandemic began may be disappointed by what amounts to a character study not unlike his film Out of the Furnace, except supported with supernatural elements. At the same time, Cooper’s own commitment to the premise and its inevitably tragic conclusions requires some fearless, occasionally shocking filmmaking choices, and he unsurprisingly does not flinch from embracing them.
“Antlers is a handsome, meticulous, and yet overly serious entry in a horror sub-genre explored too infrequently these days; Guillermo del Toro was absolutely right to choose Cooper to bring the material to the screen, but what the film needs is more of del Toro’s own exuberance to truly bring it to life.”
Read more reviews here and see Antlers in US cinemas on October 29th, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
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