10/30/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Antlers (2021).

This Halloween weekend, I’m thinking everyone should try and escape the confines of their home. Do something a little scary, put on a mask, and head to your local movie theater. Sit in the darkness and watch a horror movie on a massive screen just as it was meant to be seen. Lucky for you there’s an amazingly creepy film that just hit theaters this weekend called Antlers. It’s definitely worth the trip. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.

I’ve been waiting to see Antlers for a long time. Covid delayed it for ages, and the filmmakers decided to hold on to it instead of dumping it onto a streaming site. And I’m so glad they did because it looks gorgeous. The expansive waters and forests of the Pacific Northwest have never looked more foreboding. This movie is a unique amalgamation of a highbrow drama and a grotesque creature feature. Not in story, but in tone, it actually kind of reminded me of the feelings I had when I watched The Babadook. The themes of abuse and the hardships of staying afloat in hard hit blue collar towns are extremely relevant. But man, just because it’s a little heavy on tone, don’t think it’s going to be light on gore. Dear lord it is gory and violent. It’s produced by Guillermo Del Toro so you know the creature effects are going to be truly incredible. In fact, there is one specific visual at the end, with the creature, that is one of the most striking images I’ve seen all year. It is pure nightmare fuel. It’s also got one of the best jump scares I’ve seen all year as well. It’s a fantastic watch that is the perfect theatrical experience for someone looking for that combo of smart, dark and macabre.

Where to Watch: In theaters only.

Food/Drink Pairing: Roadkill. Doesn’t matter what kind, just roadkill.

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