31 Days of Hallowe’en 2022, Day 4: Antlers [2021]

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There are two halves of a decent film here, but the cracks in quality are too papered over by studio-y sheen to make this more than the sum of its parts.

In Antlers, directed by Scott Cooper, Keri Russell stars as Julia, a schoolteacher who returns to her family home to live with her brother Paul (Jesse Plemons) after their father’s suicide. One of her students, Lucas (Jeremy T. Thomas) appears withdrawn and looks severely malnourished, but Julia soon fears that her concern for his wellbeing seems intertwined with a recent spate of genuinely horrific murders in their rural Oregonian town.

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