Antlers movie rating: Why is the horror movie rated R?

(From L-R): Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas and Keri Russell in the film ANTLERS. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved
(From L-R): Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas and Keri Russell in the film ANTLERS. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved /
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One of the most anticipated horror movies of the year arrives on Oct. 29, 2021. But are Antlers horrors and thrills too scary for most fans of the genre? Can you watch if you scare easy? The movie is rated R, but what for?

Here at Hidden Remote, we love scary movies! The month of October is one of our favorite months due to all the Halloween fun. We watch it all! The family Halloween content, light PG-13 thrills, and R-rated slashers and horrors.

We understand not everyone can handle horror, though. You may be able to watch an R-rated flick, but it also depends on what it’s rated that in the first place. Violence? Gore? Sexual content?

Horror fans may also be wondering if their tough teenager can handle Antlers so that this weekend can be a family movie night with the older kids. Now, that really all depends on you as you know your kid best, but even teenagers should stay away from some horrors. Is Antlers one of them? Let’s find out!

Why is Antlers rated R?

To best provide you with information, we’ve gone to Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media.

Antlers is rated R for language, gruesome images, and violence. Okay, so not as terrible as many of us imagined. Most kids know better than to copy bad language, but gruesome images and violence? If it’s rated R, both must be pretty heavy. Gore isn’t mentioned, though, or sexual content.

Common Sense Media warns that this movie is “intense” and best for mature teens who enjoy being scared and not younger audiences.

What is Antlers about?

The horror-mystery, from horror king Guillermo del Toro, follows a school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemmons) as they become involved with a student who seems to be in need of help. But neither had any idea what they were in for, and when an encounter leads them to a legendary ancestral creature, it’s too late.

Antlers is based on the short story, “The Quiet Boy,” by Nick Antosca. The Searchlight Pictures film is in theaters on Oct. 29, 2021, a streaming release has not been announced.

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