Horror film Antlers draws on deer-like evil spirit of folklore

Antlers stars Keri Russell (right) and Jeremy T. Thomas. It opens on Oct 28, 2021.
Antlers stars Keri Russell (right) and Jeremy T. Thomas. It opens on Oct 28, 2021.PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY STUDIOS

LOS ANGELES - In the movie Antlers, a teacher in a small town discovers a quiet boy at her school is hiding a terrifying creature at his house.

And the monster conjured up by the film-makers - horror maestro Guillermo del Toro and director Scott Cooper - is based on the chilling Native American legend of the wendigo, a deer-like evil spirit that possesses people and turns them into bloodthirsty beasts.

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