By Emelie Peacock
Special to standard
A horror film starring the Town of Hope is set to be released in time for Halloween this year.
Locals may remember the great team that made Hope home for four days in November 2018, turning places like Midtown Shopping Plaza and Peter’s Market into the town of Cispus Falls, Oregon, where some really scary things occur. With the pandemic repeatedly delaying its release, Antlers will premiere in theaters on October 29. The film may be available to stream after its 45-day theatrical release, but no details on where it could air have been confirmed.
Antlers is based on The Quiet Boy, a short story by the screenwriter on the film Nick Antosca, and on ancestral spirits including the Algonquin myth of Windigo. A monster that kills and eats its victims, the Windigo is found in the stories of the First Nations who speak the Algonquin languages, in particular the “Abenaki, Siksika, Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Ojibway and Innu”.
“According to most Algonquian oral traditions, a windigo is a cannibalistic monster that prey on the weak and socially disconnected,” said the Canadian Encyclopedia. “In most versions of the legend, a human becomes a windigo after their mind is corrupted by greed or weakened by extreme conditions, such as hunger and cold. In other legends, humans become windigos when possessed by a lurking spirit during a moment of weakness.
While a windigo may be the root of the horror in this film, real-life horrors, including the opioid crisis, also take center stage. As lead actress Keri Russell told The New York Post, the Monster is truly an analogy to the destruction of families by forces such as job loss, alcohol, or illicit substances affecting small towns in the world. ‘North America.
Joining Russell, who plays a professor, are Jesse Plemons (Hostiles, The Post) as Russell’s brother and sheriff, as well as Jeremy T. Thomas (Lore) as a young student. The film also stars Canadian actor Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Wind River, Dances with Wolves).
Canadian J. Miles Dale, who produces the film starring Guillermo Del Toro and David S. Goyer, directed by Scott Cooper, said the team chose Hope for the vibe it created.
“We needed a city of a certain size with a certain look and where nature kind of overlooked everything in the form of mountains and fog,” he told Hope Standard during the filming of the film.
The film stars Hope, as well as scenes at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, Squamish, Port Moody, Alouette Lake, and Blieberger Farm in Langley.
Filming was an economic boost, with Dale estimating that the production spent between $ 60,000 and $ 70,000 on hotel rooms for 160 cast and crew, not counting meals or other necessities. team, and the District of Hope raised $ 10,325 in permits, parking and administration.