Searchlight Pictures and Beyond Fest announced today that Scott Cooper’s horror thriller Antlers will have its world premiere October 11, on closing night of Beyond Fest 2021.
Presented in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the premiere will kick off a number of events leading up to its October 29 theatrical release.
Following the Beyond Fest debut, a special screening will be held at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in San Francisco and Austin on October 11. Then, Sitges International Film Festival will host its international premiere on October 13. After that, Chicago International Film Festival will host a special drive-in screening on October 15. And finally, Telluride Horror Show will close its festivities with the film on October 17.
Additionally, Cooper will host a horror retrospective with Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque this fall.
Antlers is the latest from Cooper, whose acclaimed works include Crazy Heart and Hostiles. The film explores the legend of an ancestral creature in an isolated Oregon town, and is produced by horror master Guillermo del Toro, as well as David S. Goyer (The Night House and the upcoming Hellraiser reboot) and J. Miles Dale (Nightmare Alley).
Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star as a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother who become entangled with a strange student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring secrets about the mysterious beast. C. Henry Chaisson (Servant), Nick Antosca (The Act), and Cooper wrote the script for Antlers, which is based upon the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca.
“I made Antlers as a communal theatrical experience for cinema lovers,” said Cooper in a press release. “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.”
“Antlers features intense scares, a spectacular creature, riveting storytelling, accomplished performances, and the thrilling vision of Scott Cooper at the helm,” added Beyond Fest founder Christian Parkes. “We know our audiences will journey into the heart of the monster for this artful nail-biter. It’s an honor for us and the American Cinematheque to welcome Scott back, as we have celebrated his genre-spanning films from Crazy Heart to Out of the Furnace over the years.”