Guillermo Del Toro is sure to still be basking in The Shape of Water‘s glow from last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from gathering up a handful of talent for the upcoming Fox Searchlight film, Antlers, directed by Scott Cooper (Hostiles). Principal photography has started on the film in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the official Instagram for Antlers, @antlersmovie, has started ramping up the promotional hype for the film by posting photos from the set.
Antlers will follow an Oregon teacher who, along with her sheriff brother, become involved with one of her student’s family’s darkest secrets. Keri Russell (The Americans) will be taking on the role of the teacher, Jesse Plemons (Fargo) will portray her sheriff brother, and Jeremy T. Thomas will probably be giving us the creeps as the student with the questionable family. Rory Cochrane (Oculus), Amy Madison, and Scott Haze (Venom) will also star.
Produced by Del Toro, the film is based on the short story, The Quiet Boy, written by Nick Antosca (Channel Zero). Antosca cowrote the screenplay with Henry Chaisson who wrote the upcoming Open 24 Hours. That’s what I call a great combination to bring together for a film with atmosphere. With Scott Cooper’s eye behind the camera, it’s a guarantee that atmosphere will be delivered. He recently told Collider,
I was so influenced early on by the work of John Carpenter, like Halloween, or certainly The Exorcist which is a favorite of mine, or even Tarkovsky’s Stalker. So I’m able to bring all of that into one film which is exciting … [Guillermo] said I’ve obviously never seen you direct a horror film, but there’s a lot of horrific moments in your movies, so I’m more interested in someone who doesn’t work in that genre to step into it. Which is I guess a bit like Friedkin in a sense, having not directing in that genre before he took on The Exorcist. So I find that exciting.
If the title of the film and one of the IG photos is any indication, a taxidermy deer head could play a part in the production. I grew up in a house full of them, and I found it just a bit unsettling when walking by those deer heads, the eyes glaring down on you.
What do you think of the talent surrounding Antlers? Also, who’s excited about Keri Russell’s return to horror? I can’t be the only one who enjoyed her in Dark Skies. Let us know over on Twitter or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!