As a general rule, I keep a close eye on movies and movie news and upcoming movies, but I admittedly hadn’t even heard whispers of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’ upcoming horror movie Antebellum until just this moment. That has now changed thanks to this quick new teaser trailer and damn, this looks cool as all hell and I want it right now.
The official description of Antebellum is vague and leaves room for the mind to fill in the blanks: "Celebrated author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late."
This first look, however, offers more insight. What we see jumps eras, from modern days to the Antebellum south—the years between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The hows remain to be seen, but this looks sure to explore issues of race, the lingering specter of slavery on modern society, and be plenty freaky in the process. All with plenty of horror movie trappings thrown in for good measure.
As an actress, Janelle Monáe still has a relatively short resume, but she’s left an impression with damn near every role, including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and this year’s Harriet. Can’t wait to see what she does in a lead role. And the surrounding cast also sets a high bar. She’s joined by Kiersey Clemons, Jena Malone, Gabourey Sibide, Jack Huston, Eric Lange, and a ton more.
Antebellum touts produces from the likes of Us and Get Out. (Also, Colossal, BlacKkKlansman, and many other.) This marks the feature debut of Bush and Renz, who cut their teeth making short films and music videos for the Jay-Z and others.
Antebellum opens April 24, 2020. They also dropped three sparse, ominous posters to fill our brains.