This “Antlers “clip from the Searchlight Pictures YouTube channel isn’t long, but the runtime doesn’t make it any less scary. It begins with Lucas Weaver (Jeremy T. Thomas) walking through the woods alone when another boy approaches him. The kid fires off a few insults at him before they both freeze at the sound of a menacing growl above them. In a nearby tree sits a large, antlered creature, which pounces from its perch onto the bully and starts tearing into him. Lucas runs away as the kid screams in agony, stopping only to catch his breath and observe the carnage from a distance.
The beast seen in this clip is a wendigo: a menacing creature known in First Nations Algonquian culture as a ravenous consumer of human flesh. Given its real-world significance, Scott Cooper went to great lengths to portray it in an accurate yet tasteful manner, as not to do wrong by a culture that’s not his own. This led him to bring in Native American consultants with much more knowledge of the wendigo and how the film should present it. “If I’m going to discuss any Native American folklore…I want to have people who know much more about it than I, and I want to get it right,” he said at San Diego Comic-Con 2021 (via Screen Rant).
If this clip and the story behind the wendigo itself are of any indication, “Antlers” will certainly not be for the faint of heart.