Guillermo del Toro Teases the Wild ‘Antlers’ Creature Inspired by the Wendigo Myth
For his first horror film, “Antlers,” which centers around a boy’s relationship with a supernatural creature, director Scott Cooper said he wasn’t willing to get behind the camera without creature master Guillermo del Toro as producer.
During a Comic-Con@Home panel on Saturday, the pair discussed how they created the part-digital, part real-life creature.Based on the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca, the central supernatural character in “Antlers” is based on the wendigo, a spirt found in Algonquian folklore.
Legends describe humans transforming into wendigos because of their greed or weakness and are considered dangerous because of their thirst for blood and ability to bring about evil.“The wendigo has very, very specific cues you need to follow,” del Toro said.
“The antlers, for example, are a must.
I said, ‘We have to remember we’re not creating a monster, we’re creating a god.
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