Antlers debuts in theaters on Oct. 29.
There's a reason why the last few years have seen the horror landscape predominantly dominated by stories about trauma and grief. When done right, this can add a layer of existential and creeping dread that stays with you longer than any monster or killer can. Antlers lives in the space between minimalistic arthouse horror films that place emotional character drama over scares, while also trying to be a gruesome creature feature. While it does have effective horror imagery and a phenomenal monster, as well as thought-provoking ideas about parental neglect and trauma, it doesn't fully come together in a cohesive and satisfying way.
In its opening scene, director Scott Cooper introduces us to a small town in Oregon where the problems are not …
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