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How Antlers Compares To The Original New “The Quiet Boy”

ByRandall B. Phelps

Dec 29, 2021

Here’s how the horror film Antlers compares to the Nick Antosca short story it’s based on, and the main differences between the two works.

How does the horror movie drink different from the “The Quiet Boy” short story it is based on? Nick Antosca is best known as the creator of horror TV shows like Zero string and New cherry flavor, but he’s also a fiction writer with a penchant for writing short stories and edgy short stories. Her story “The Quiet Boy” – which tells the story of a teacher who learns that her student is hiding a nightmarish secret about her family – caused a stir among fans of horror literature when it was published in Guernica Magazine in 2019.

The Antosca short story was adapted for the big screen in 2021 with drink – a supernatural horror film directed by Hostiles director Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro. Naturally, there are plenty of challenges when it comes to adapting short horror stories into a feature film – especially one like “The Quiet Boy” which is 20 minutes long. And although Antosca was closely involved in the making of the film (both as co-writing his screenplay and as executive producer), there are many differences between “The Quiet Boy” and drink.

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The basic postulate of drink and “The Quiet Boy” are the same; a teacher named Julia working in a small, poor town is concerned about the welfare of one of her students, Lucas, and delves into her family life to find that her father and brother are possessed by a malicious spirit and are suffering a gruesome transformation into bloodthirsty monsters and cannibals. However, the differences between the two are almost immediately apparent. Not only does the film move the action from the original setting of West Virginia history to Oregon, it also makes several important changes to the characters and plot points.



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For example, the way the main character Julia is characterized in drink and “The Quiet Boy” is very different. In the short story, she’s an inexperienced 23-year-old sent against her will to her post by Teach For America, while in the film adaptation Julia (played by Keri Russell) is older and returns to her hometown afterwards. the recent suicide of his violent father. reuniting with his brother Paul (Jesse Plemons) – a more fleshed out story that gives him a connection to Lucas (Jeremy T. Thomas). whom she suspects of being a victim of abuse as well. Likewise, Lucas’ father Frank is a very different character in the horror film adaptation. Antosca’s story portrays him as a violent man and suggests that he willfully invoked the entity that possesses him. In drink, Frank (Scott Haze) is more of a loving but unfit father who is infected by a supernatural being he unwittingly meets.


Another notable difference is that while “The Quiet Boy” leaves the monster nature with ambiguity, drink specifically identifies it as an Algonquian mythological creature known as the wendigo – a fact explained in a scene filled with exhibits by the only Native American figure, former Sheriff Warren Stokes (Graham Greene). The end of the movie and the story is also very different. “The Quiet Boy” ends with a bloody revelation that Julia did not survive her meeting with Lucas’ father and brother, but the film shows Julia kills Frank and his son and makes it out alive. There is also a scene in the final moments suggesting that Julia’s brother Paul has become possessed by the wendigo creature himself, which leaves the door open for a drink following.


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