Antlers

A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret that could have frightening consequences.

  • Released: 2021-10-28
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Cody Davis, Sawyer Jones, Arlo Hajdu, Glynis Davies, Dorian Kingi, Andy Thompson, Jesse Downs, Dendrie Taylor, Emily Delahunty, Katelyn Peterson, Charmaine Wilson, Jay Brazeau, Lyla Marlow
  • Director: Scott Cooper
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  • temptedblaze - 6 January 2023
    Better Than Expected
    Antlers is a pretty nice take on some classic horror elements. It's very dark and moody. The scene is set beautifully. Amazing camera work throughout. The acting is phenomenal and the cast was really solid. The characters are fairly well flushed out for the most part.

    The thing is that it felt like they rushed the ending. I would have appreciated if they had bumped it to a 2 hour film and actually finished the build up with the past trauma that occurred for the cop brother and teacher sister. Any sort of conclusion there would have been nice, or even just more of the backstory to fully bring out their motivations. Something was missing there. The final battle was also pretty rushed and very anti-climactic. The thing felt too easy to kill, but I guess that's because it never really dies. So maybe it didn't really care all that much. Either way, it detracts a fair amount from the overall fear element.

    Their take on the creature was really nicely done though. Definitely one of the best wendigos I've seen on screen. I would have liked if they had somehow weaved in more cultural elements earlier though, as it seems like they remembered halfway through that the lore is Native, so they said, 'Wait.. Don't we need to introduce a Native character? Woops.' Everyone else had a well-established back story, but not that vital character? They just kinda threw him in halfway and said "Oh, yea, you remember him right? Cool, moving on." It's lazy, at best. More realistically though, they probably just didn't want to actually research the culture they were working with and write a real character. At least they cast someone who was actually Aboriginal, I guess?? Hard to be grateful for the bare minimum there, but it is what it is.

    Ultimately, I didn't have high hopes for the movie so I was pleasantly surprised by what they did right. Most creature features don't do it for me, but this one was enjoyable for the most part.
  • candescelso - 4 January 2023
    Finally a good horror movie
    Wow from the first minute till the end it was so creepy. I love horror movies but it is so difficult to find a good one. The caracters are incredible good choosen. The story is good, everything is very well done. The special effects also. The main character, the boy, has the real acting skills. He is so credible. The story is very good build up and at some moments I hardly could look at it. And what I said, i am used to see real creepy horror movies. First time since a long time that I was so taken away like this time. Great actors, great story. The colors in the movie, everything is thought of!
  • WpgJetsFan80 - 29 December 2022
    Leave Indigenous stories and legends alone
    Absolutely gross to use Indigenous stories for financial gain. There's reasons why we are telling Indigenous youth to stop sharing our stories with non-indigenous people. The movie was exploiting Indigenous legends and still got it wrong. Adding a couple Indigenous actors does not make it an Indigenous production. Stop using other cultures for your horror movies and short stories. Especially if you're not Indigenous. The movie wasn't even good. Hearing the language of my people for this garbage was insulting. The writers, producers, and director need to leave other cultures alone. Our stories are not for you.
  • literarylovebykendall - 20 December 2022
    Interesting. . .
    I watched this movie about a month ago and I still have a hard time gathering my thoughts around it. I thought the premise for the movie was good and I enjoyed how it brought to life Native American storytelling and folklore. That being said the execution of the movie was very odd. The beginning of the movie was very unclear and it took me awhile to figure out the main little boy was not the his brother. I did enjoy the connection between the student and the teacher. However I would have liked to see that become a little deeper on the little boy's side. I had a hard time seeing his reasoning between staying by his father as opposed to going with the teacher. Overall the movie idea was great but the execution was done poorly.
  • TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews - 3 December 2022
    Stuck between message movie and horror
    In a small, isolated Oregon town, Julia(Keri Russell, still delivering impeccable performances), a teacher, suspects that one of her students, the quiet and friendless Lucas(the immensely talented Jeremy T. Thomas), is being abused, not knowing the depth of the issue.

    This explores trauma and the opioid crisis. It is made by people who genuinely care about these issues and that really shows in the final product. There is a ton of build-up, the gore and Violence are impressive, it favors practical effects over CG and it can be intensely terrifying, on account of excellent cinematography and editing, especially the sound design, with its squelching, gnashing, screeching, etc.

    Unfortunately there are also some negatives to get to. This is misery tourism. And it doesn't treat the Native American myth with enough respect. I mean a good place to start with would be for there to be more than one character who's indigenous, for him to have more than 2 minutes of screen time, and for him to serve any purpose other than filling in the white people on what's going on.

    I recommend this to people fascinated with the subject that it covers. 7/10.
  • darkharlezucreek - 3 December 2022
    Meh, worth a watch. Could be better
    Did I miss something, how was the little brother infected? How was he able to stay with the dad, why didn't dad eat him too? Is the main kid going to turn at some point? Is the cop brother infected? Do the light particles spread the antler virus somehow? He endi g was very *what did I just watch?* I wanted to like it but, it was all over the place. Alcoholic past, teacher abused by father...those plots were just kinda tossed in randomly and never developed. This idea could have been a lot better. Maybe the pandemic screwed it up. Who knows? Overall a decent and somewhat entertaining film, but we never really get resolution yo anything it delivers.
  • Otte1 - 23 November 2022
    Could have been 7 stars...but
    One, I was pleasantly surprised. I generally go into these horror movies with the idea that they will be bad. This story was intriguing, was very well acted which is unusual for horror movies and created a sense of foreboding atmosphere. I do like the combination of the horror and drama elements mixed in together. This very easily could have been a gorefest and it was not.

    My issues...the movie takes a while before it picks up, at which point you are assuming a nice payoff considering the slow build up....yeah..no. There were about four decisions right in a row that makes you want to hit your TV and it was maddeningly because everything else up to this point was very decent.

    The last 20 minutes made me fast-forward through just to end the movie and I did not miss a thing. I debated a 4-star review but it was much better than many of the recent horror offerings that I thought I would give it a half-way review.
  • antellis - 14 November 2022
    Bleak, bleak, bleak
    I am a red-blooded horror fan, I like 'em all. This was a solid mid-tier movie but boy, was it depressing. The kids in peril in this movie are not the same as the kids in peril in, for example, It Chapter One, who are (with one obvious exception) redeemed. The poor kids in this one are downtrodden, damaged and real victims to the bitter end - and the adults aren't any better. Overall it's dark, desperately sad, and there's not much in the way of redemption for anyone beyond the temporary. Lucas is just so world-weary at the age of 12, you want to pluck him from the screen and give the blighter a hug and a cheeseburger. I did get it, I do dig it, but it's an instant trigger for depression. Abandon hope, then stick on Harold and Kumar.
  • searchanddestroy-1 - 12 November 2022
    Scary movie
    This kind of horror movie from America is not really new, we have seen this more or less same scheme many many times, since decades. But this one is really well done, brilliant, intelligent, spooky, providing some disgusting scenes with much blood and guts. It also brings emotion, poignant analysis of the characters, a rather rare element in most horror movie. Scott Cooper the director is a pretty good one, and in every genre: western - HOSTILES - crime -BLACK MASS - drama.- OUT OF THE FURNACE. Such a director is also very rare to find So this horror movie proves that Cooper is a film maker on whom we can count in the future. I highly recommend it, and it is not a horror piece of junk destined to teen audiences for their saturday night movie sessions.
  • PestVolk - 1 November 2022
    It's 2021 you can't get away with a script from the 1990's
    Good production value ruined by an exceptionally poor script.

    The first half is a boring drama, turning away most people looking for a horror flick

    And the second half is a beyond cliché slasher flick that ruins the movie for those that thought this was a more emotional, deeper movie.

    The characters and decisions they make are inexcusable even for a horror movie.

    Why does the young boy keep protecting his father but turn on him in the end? He chooses his teacher over his father all of the sudden but all the other characters he was okay with them dying?

    The two police officers are some of the poorest written police I've ever seen in a movie. They never radio in for backup, they just slowly walk into an extremely obvious trap over and over alone. One even sees his partner dead on the ground and doesn't radio in for backup. They investigate a house that smells like death but they just go eh, we'll get a warrant tomorrow. That's not how warrants work. With just cause like in this situation a warrant can be arranged in less than 15 minutes if need be through the phone.

    The school director is just as poorly written. Goes into a house, sees blood all over the walls and hears noises but just... walks in to investigate and not call the police? Are you kidding me?

    The plot characters including the father and his youngest son don't get killed by the creature, they just get some bruises and turn sick but all the sidecharacters just get straight up gutted and eaten. Why? How can the father ever have survived the first encounter? Getting jumped alone deep in a mine? Same with his kid

    For a moment I thought the father actually died and the wendigo shapeshifted into the father for the rest of the movie to trick the elder son, but no that can't be because the youngest son goes through the exact same thing.

    I could go on and on but this movie fails on every single front. Trying to set up a deeper movie than just a horror flick but failing that and then proceeding to fail at being above bottom of the barrel 1990's horror flicks.

    Avoid at all costs.
  • Slarkshark - 31 October 2022
    Where Have I Seen This Before?
    Oh right, I just finished watching the HBO series 'The Outsider' literally three days before watching this. Very similar feeling throughout its entirety. Killings that plague a small town and puzzle local authorities who can't possibly believe it's the result of a mythical being or creature.

    Dark, grim, and depressing is the theme and about right if doing a story about the Wendigo. And all of that comes as no surprise given Scott Cooper was directing. The atmosphere was very familiar to 'Out of the Furnace' which he also directed. There's not much that's more creepy than a wendigo in my opinion, so I was looking forward to this film for some time. Also, it was filmed in Hope, BC which I am well acquainted with.

    Unfortunately the execution was just a bit lacking, especially the ending. It just seemed very anticlimactic in the final stand off, and I think most would agree.
  • d_penn - 21 October 2022
    👎👎
    This movie isn't worth spending money to watch. Wait until it's free. The storyline is slow and grueling, but the SFX are astounding to look at.

    I really wanted to love this movie. I'm a huge fan of the horror genre revival and from the moment I saw this trailer it conjured the same excitement and anticipation I felt at seeing The VVitch, Hereditary, and the like. I wanted so badly for this to be another addition to the growing trend of spectacular, high-end horror films, but alas it failed on nearly every level.

    In fact, I don't think this movie even qualifies as "horror." This is a drama, through and through, with just enough gore to elevate it beyond a character study. It's as if the director had never heard of horror movies, never even seen one, and decided to make this his first attempt. There is no suspense whatsoever, and in classic "scary movie" fashion the characters often do things that don't make sense, simply as a way to propel the story forward, or add to the visual effect on screen. Like using a road flare instead of a flashlight while cooking meth. Um, what?

    The pacing is downright unbearable at times. I kept thinking, "when are they going to get on with it already?" Even taking the "horror" aspect out of it, the problems facing this child warrant a quick and reactionary response from everyone involved. Instead we get a slow crawl as the plot moves toward its big reveal.

    The failures seem to stem from the fact that this was adapted from a short story. The director simply didn't know how to fill the time. Which is a shame, because this could've been great.

    The SFX were astounding. I was blown away by the makeup and gore depicted on screen. It was uncanny and hyper-realistic. I come from a medical background, so I can appreciate the effort put into making the gore seem as real as possible. It's extremely rare to see such expert attention to detail given to gore in horror movies, or any movies for that matter. The passage of time and exposure to the elements was expertly depicted in each gorey detail.

    I wasn't surprised then, when at the end I saw Guillermo del Torro had been a producer on the film. Surely he had a hand in the SFX craftsmanship.

    But none of that makes up for the terrible directing. I hate it when someone takes a drama, adds some creepy figures, and assumes that will make it a "scary" movie. It does a tremendous disservice to the horror genre as a whole, and only serves to dissuade viewers from watching similar movies. The plot is so painfully obvious, it actually hurt at times to see it unfold. This entire story was entirely without grace.

    I would never recommend this film to a friend as a genuine piece of media entertainment. But it does have some value purely for the expertly crafted SFX.
  • youngcollind - 18 October 2022
    Aggressively mid tier
    It seems to have a decent budget, so everything's pretty solid from a technical standpoint. The performances are on point for the genre, and it all looks quite slick, with some decent monster effects. It's hard to really say anything's wrong with it, but I can't help feeling lukewarm about it.

    I guess I just find this kind of straight forward creature feature to be inherently silly. The obvious disconnect between the exaggerated monster and anything remotely plausible keeps any genuine terror at arms length. This can all be fine though, it's just best if this sort of thing is approached with a sense of fun, or at least enough excessive violence to take things over the top. Antlers reigns in the gore in favour of it's mopey plot, keeping the focus more on it's domestic abuse themes. Again, I'm not opposed to a melancholy drama if you commit to it, but this element feels hard to take too seriously between all the scenes with the scary deer man.

    In the post Babadook world, it seems every horror movie needs to shoehorn in some trauma themes, and though this can obviously work out very well, when it starts to feel like a prerequisite, it becomes a trope that will eventually become cheesy and force films to shift gears for a bit. I'm not sure if we're there quite yet, but I'm getting the feeling that it's on the horizon.
  • dungeonmastermike - 17 October 2022
    A Solid Wendigo Movie
    Antlers is a solid wendigo movie. There was almost no cgi at all, and that's a win in any movies book. The effects looked great, the cop operations were spot on. It is a little disturbing at parts, but that's all horror movies. The only complaint I have is the lack of comic relief. The wendigo is accurate to the legends and it was really well executed, I didn't try to please any one group bit just told a story of wendigo. This was a solid monster movie in my book, and it's a great rustic horror flick.

    Now I would only recommend this to people 15+ who can tolerate gore, abuse, and disturbing imagery.

    Hope this helps happy haunting!