Searchlight Pictures’ horror thriller Antlers from Scott Cooper will get its world premiere as the closing night selection at 2021 Beyond Fest on October 11.
The festival berth launches a series of events leading up to the film’s October 29 theatrical release in the US. Antlers gets a “Fantastic Fest Presents” Special Screening with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in San Francisco and Austin on October 11, the international premiere at Sitges on October 13, closing night of the Telluride Horror Show on October 17 and a drive-in screening at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 15.
Antlers stars Keri Russell as a teacher in a remote Oregon town and Jesse Plemons as her sheriff brother who become embroiled with an enigmatic student whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature. Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane and Amy Madigan round out the cast, and Smoke Signals director Chris Eyre served as a consultant on the film.
Cooper (Crazy Heart; Hostiles) produced with Guillermo del Toro, David S. Goyer and J. Miles Dale, who also produced Searchlight’s upcoming Nightmare Alley.
C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca and Cooper adapted the story based on Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy.
“I made Antlers as a communal theatrical experience for cinema lovers,” said Cooper, who will host a horror retrospective in conjunction with Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque this autumn. “I can’t think of a more apt series of screenings to launch our film before audiences across the globe –audiences whom I hope share an appreciation for horror films with a different perspective on our everyday fears and ancestral mythology.”