You’ve seen this tale before: a man or woman is accidentally transported through time and has a grand adventure in the past that solves all their problems. It’s a yarn at least as old as Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and persists still on Outlander with every new season. Yet these protagonists tend to share a common trait: they can fit into the past. But what if they couldn’t? Or worse still, what if they could, but only in a specific, horrifying role? Antebellum seems to be going there as past and future merge—and that past is the slave-based economy of the American South.
In what appears to be an electrifying idea for a horror movie, Antebellum is the feature debut for writer-directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The film is notably produced by Raymond Mansfield and Sean McKittrick, who between them worked on producing Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us, as well as Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.
Watch the trailers for Antebellum, starting with the newest one, just below.
Antebellum Release Date
Antebellum is slated to hit theaters on August 21.
The date represents a four-month move (for obvious reasons,) after the film was originally scheduled for April 24.
Antebellum features an impressive cast that includes Janelle Monáe, Kiersey Clemons, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, and Gabourey Sidibe, Antebellum is a potent time travel fantasy that takes a fresh look at an era often romanticized by a significant portion of Americans.
The official setup is that Janelle Monae’s Veronica is a successful author in 2020 America who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that is anything but a romantic flight of fancy. Apparently hopping between then and now, kind of like Midnight in Paris, she must uncover the mind-bending reason she is repeatedly sent to the past or forever become trapped in mid 19th century America where the Civil War is waging. And even if she survives that, Jim Crow is just around the corner.