From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper and horror maestro, Guillermo del Toro comes ANTLERS. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.
The only thing more critical to Del Toro and Cooper than creating a convincing, unique on- screen “monster” was making sure the creature at the heart of ANTLERS drew accurately and respectfully from the Native lore from which it came. And much like the legendary Sasquatch creature of the Pacific Northwest (a.k.a Bigfoot), the Wendigo is as much rooted in regional storytelling as its ensuing place in the imaginations of folklore fans. The production worked with Indigenous Nations consultant Grace L. Dillon while researching and filming aspects of Native American folklore and culture.
The Wendigo (also spelled ‘Windigo’ and ‘Wetiko’) is generally known as a mythological deer-like creature and/or evil spirit in the mythology of the Native American Algonquian tribes, based in the northern forests of Nova Scotia, the East Coast of Canada, and Great Lakes Region of Canada. The Wendigo is widely accepted as a destructive, cannibalistic creature associated with winter, coldness, and starvation, and is present in the traditional belief system of many Algonquin- speaking peoples, including the Ojibwe, the Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naspapi, and the Innu.
Antlers does not have an official release date yet, but expected to be part of the 2021 release line up!