Antlers (2021) | Movie Review

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Antlers (2021) is a supernatural horror-thriller film. The film is rated R and it is an hour and 39 minutes long.

Antlers (2021) is directed by Scott Cooper and written by Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, and Scott Cooper. 

It stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan.

Antlers is the newest horror film by producer Guillermo del Toro, and it is actually filmed in British Columbia, Canada. But does it worth to watch? I was lucky enough to see this film early and I’m going to give you my quick thoughts right now.

Antlers Review

Today I’m going to give you my honest, no BS take on Antlers film and tell you if it’s worth to watch. 

There’s a couple of things in horror movies that really annoy me when a horror movie only relies on cheap jump scares, and it’s not really that frightening. And when characters make extremely dumb decisions.

Luckily enough, Antlers has none of those problems. This movie is extremely haunting, chilling, and unsettling. As you know this movie is directed by Scott Cooper, and you know him for  Crazy Heart (2009), Out of the Furnace (2013), and Hostiles (2017).

And the movie is about an elementary school teacher who moves in back with her brother after dealing with her trauma of being abused as a child.

And unfortunately, one of her students in her class starts to show some signs that maybe he’s being abused at home as well. But maybe not by a human. Maybe a monster is in his house as well.

Now, is this movie worth a watch?

I would say yes, because like I said earlier, this movie doesn’t have the problems that I constantly see in horror movies that I just don’t like. This is a solid, well-made horror movie.

And the number one reason for that is the atmosphere. And like I said earlier, it was filmed in British Columbia, Canada, and it was filmed in a little town called Hope.

And you might remember that from First Blood, right? The first Rambo movie. It’s actually the same town.

But of course, this is a movie made for Americans, so it can’t take place in Canada. It’s got to take place in Oregon. Of course, at least it’s close by.

But I think that the Pacific Northwest is just a perfect place to set a horror movie, especially one with the Indigenous folk tale or the lore of the Wendigo.

This movie was shot in our colder months. So you have a lot of overcast, a lot of graze. And of course, it’s filmed up in the mountains with the trees and the Lakes.

It looks beautiful, really. And I recommend visiting, but it also has that very chilling atmosphere that’s perfect for a horror movie.

And like I said earlier, this movie does not rely on cheap jump scares. Yes, this movie is a bit slower-paced, so some audience members might not like that. Some people might just want to have cheap jump scares. People just want to be like, oh, my God, I’m so scared.

This movie really isn’t that slow-paced for sure. But I thought the pacing really helped the movie along because it’s perfectly built up.

And when you do see something scary or chilling or haunting, it sticks with you. They don’t do a quick cut.

The movie allows the haunting imagery to just be there. And that’s what’s scary about it. And I got to give props to the characters and the performances as well.

Jesse Plemons and Keri Russell are both fantastic in this movie because they feel like real people.

And like I said earlier in horror movies, I find that characters just make the dumbest decisions.

Has anyone seen Halloween kills? But not only are their performances great, they feel like real people with real problems.

And when they meet the Beast, when they come into close contact, they act like normal people. They act rationally. And it is so refreshing to see that it was a really nice change of pace.

And I got to give props to the kid Jeremy T. Thomas really great job performance. He definitely has the physical performance down, and he looks scared when things should be scary. Great job, kid.

There’s one line, though, that I’m like, oh, boy, that’s a child actor right there. But really, it’s only one line. It did stick out, but it was only one line.

And honestly, guys, that’s all I really have to say about it. The atmosphere was fantastic. The story was interesting. The Myth of the Wendigo is a very interesting take, and I want to do some more research on it because it looks interesting.

And if a movie can make you research its own subject matter or look into something a bit deeper, then I think it’s doing a good job. It’s a solid, atmospheric horror movie.

So I am going to give Antlers 2021 horror film a C-Plus.

Antlers Review
 
I really enjoyed it solid, well made, simple, and effective. So what about you guys? What is your favorite horror movie that might be in the simple yet effective category? Nothing with a bunch of kills and a bunch of jumps scares the slow burn, the chilling and haunting atmosphere. What’s that movie for you?

Guys thank you so much as always for reading the review of Antlers 2021 new horror movie. See you next time with another movie Review.

Antlers Trailer

Check out the trailer of the new horror, thriller film, Antlers 2021. It follows a school teacher and her police officer brother in a small Oregon town, where they become convinced one of her students is harboring a supernatural creature. 

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