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Guillermo del Toro’s Antlers turns the mysterious monster loose in creepy new photos

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Dec 10, 2018

While we’re still left guessing at the full plot of Antlers, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie set in the woods of rural Oregon, a new batch of photos from the set is giving us the worst kind of deer-in-the-headlights feeling.

Following up on a series of cryptic concept art and location photos dripped to the film’s official Instagram account over the past few weeks, Antlers showed up again today with a first look at the mysterious humanoid beast teased in earlier drawings. 

It’s safe to say you don’t want this in your house:

Seriously, this vaguely person-like monstrosity is giving us jet-fueled flashbacks of the Aberrations (or “Abbies,” if you’re feeling unduly affectionate), those devolved humanlike creatures who terrorized the residents of Wayward Pines in Fox’s short-lived, horrifically suspenseful M. Night Shyamalan-Duffer Brothers TV collaboration. Something tells us, though, that Antlers will pack its own punch — especially since it’s folding some unsettling supernatural elements, like blood-red fire breath and burning doorways, into the mix.

As for what we do know of the plot, it’s satisfyingly basic, in that David Lynch, Twin Peaks-ish sort of way: A teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) living in the Oregon backwoods become entangled in the life of one of her students, a boy who’s keeping a terrifying family secret. That seems to vibe with director Scott Cooper’s earlier remarks that Antlers takes some of its horror cues from The Exorcist — the mother of all family freakouts — but we’re still waiting, like that deer in the headlights, for the rest of the story.

It could be a while yet before Antlers sprouts in theaters. Principal photography wrapped in Vancouver on Nov. 30, but there’s still no word on a release date. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping a wary eye on that creepy Instagram feed.

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