72. The Quiet Boy / Antlers

Kaylia and Sarah discuss The Quiet Boy (short story) and Antlers (movie adaptation) in the newest episode of Pages and Popcorn. When you base a feature-length film on an 8,000-word short story, you have to add some stuff. But some of the things they added were truly scary. We talk about the stories behind the plots, the people behind the monsters, and the big sins behind the padding. Plus a tease about a future PPP episode!

The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca is the short story of a teacher who learns her student is harboring a nightmarish secret about his family.  It made a splash among horror literature fans when it was published in Guernica Magazine in 2019. Read it for FREE by clicking HERE!

Antlers is a 2021 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Cooper, and stars Keri RussellJesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham GreeneScott HazeRory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. The screenplay was adapted from Nick Antosca‘s short story “The Quiet Boy”. The film follows a school teacher as she suspects one of her students is suffering from personal problems in his home life, not knowing that the student is harboring an evil demon in his house.

Special Guest: Sarah from Zombie Grrlz!

Sarah enjoys good coffee, good music, good beer, good conversation, good booze, and the occasional good cigar. When not watching or talking about horror movies, she is helping her wife dehydrate random foods, cooking, reading, or listening to one of the many other podcasts she has saved in her podcast player.

This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms

Show Notes

Scott Cooper makes films about broken people; Guillermo del Toro has made several films about broken places. They’re both fascinated with the darkness, and fans of their work should see what they’ve pulled out of it for “Antlers.” https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/antlers-movie-review-2021

Anna Bogutskaya said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s really egregious, I think, how it just pulls out First Nations mythologies, like the mythology of the Wendigo, and the only First Nations actor that they cast in the film, Graham Greene, basically just delivers a bunch of spooky exposition and then disappears

Actual Oregon Tribes:

Antlers vs The Quiet Boy

Keri Russell’s movie Grim Love

Our PP episode of Silence of the Lambs


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Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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