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Known for exploring flawed, complex characters through films such as Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, Director Scott Cooper has made a name for himself as a director who is not afraid of taking on a new challenge in an unfamiliar genre. For his fifth movie, ANTLERS, Cooper once again examines the complex nature of humanity only this time through the lens of the horror genre.

For the Blu-ray and DVD release of ANTLERS, Nightmarish Conjurings’ Shannon McGrew spoke with Director Scott Cooper and actor Keri Russell, best known for her role as Felicity Porter in the WB’s “Felicity.” In ANTLERS, Russell plays Julia Meadows, a school teacher dealing with her own trauma who uncovers a shocking truth about one of her students.

During our chat, we discussed everything from Scott’s unique take on the horror genre to Keri’s approach in playing a character dealing with trauma.

Official Synopsis: When a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret, the consequences are more dreadful than they could have possibly imagined.

ANTLERS is directed by Scott Cooper with a screenplay by Cooper, Henry Chaisson, and Nick Antosca. ANTLERS stars Keri Russell (“Felicity”), Jesse Plemons (I’m Thinking of Ending Things), Jeremy T. Thomas (“Lore”), Rory Cochrane (Argo), and Graham Greene (The Green Mile).

For more on the film, check out our review here. ANTLERS is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD.

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