An alleyway behind the Midtown Shopping Plaza in Hope was the scene of filming of the Scott Cooper directed, Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Antlers. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Hope transforms into the set of horror-thriller starring Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons

Made-in-B.C. feature film is shooting in Burnaby, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Squamish

Hope will transform into a small town in Oregon this week, for the shooting of a horror-thriller film directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

The Midtown Shopping Plaza was the main filming area Monday, with Baker’s Books becoming Harlan’s Bookstore, Kan Yon Restaurant transforming into Cispus Falls Chinese Restaurant and an empty business on the corner turning into Mr. Finn’s Ice Cream Shoppe. The crew also temporarily halted traffic as filming took place along 3 Ave. and Wallace St.

Details of the plot are scant, on purpose, in the horror-thriller that production publicist Peter J. Silbermann calls a “very scary movie.”

“A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover that a young student is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences,” a news release by Fox Searchlight Pictures stated.

The cast features Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity) as the teacher, Jesse Plemons (Hostiles, The Post) as the sheriff and Jeremy T. Thomas (Lore) as the young student. The film also stars Canadian actor Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Wind River, Dances with Wolves).

RELATED: Hallmark film shot in Hope released

Antlers is being shot entirely in the greater Vancouver area, said Silbermann. The crew of 120 began with two days of filming in the pouring rain at the site of Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, then moved on to among other locations Squamish, Brackendale, Port Moody, Alouette Lake and the Blieberger farm in Langley.

Silbermann said director Scott Cooper fell in love with Hope as a locale for the neighbourhood where the teacher and her brother live, in Cispus Falls, Oregon.

“The town just looks perfect, it really does suit our story and Hope has been in a lot of movies,” he said.

The cast and crew are staying overnight in various hotels and so far, the community has welcomed them said Silbermann.

“The community has really been wonderful and accommodating and that’s always the key,” he said.

“If the director falls in love with a location and the community is not on board, it’s a nightmare. And we are very lucky that your community has been so generous and gracious in accommodating us.”

RELATED: Film cooperative shares benefits of attracting films

After location filming, the production will move into a Burnaby studio for three weeks.

View this post on Instagram

Production Diary: Entries 5-8 #AntlersMovie

A post shared by Antlers (@antlersmovie) on

Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) directs the film, in what is his first foray into the horror genre.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin production on Antlers with Guillermo Del Toro, and reunite with my dear friends at Fox Searchlight,” Cooper stated. “They’re incredible filmmakers, not to mention necessary filmmakers, and are extremely passionate and supportive of my vision as I venture into yet another genre, and delve into the unnerving world of ancestral spirits.”

Antlers is produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Shape of Water) with producers David. S. Goyer, J. Miles Dale, and executive producer Kevin Turen.

Writers are Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson, with revisions by Scott Cooper. The story is based on a short story by Antosca called The Quiet Boy.

RELATED: Young Hope actor stars in short film to premiere at Locarno Festival


Is there more to this story?


[email protected]

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Students from 5 Abbotsford schools deliver treats to first responders

Kids thank paramedics, ER staff and firefighters for their service

Abbotsford hockey talent named to Team BC

Local products Chiasson and Sward heading to Canada Winter Games

Cannabis derivative, tobacco and Krazy Glue seized at Abbotsford prison

Items discovered at Pacific Institution have combined jail value of $10,500

Abbotsford house prices down 5 to 10% over last four months

Fewer sales, more houses on market as local home prices start to dip

Abbotsford dietitian releases book about ‘feeding the brain’

Rika Mansingh addresses mind-body connection

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Family calls for change after death of B.C. man at St. Paul’s Hospital

Hospital beds for patients with both medical and mental-health issues are ‘very limited’: coroner

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Most Read