Sometimes, a person’s past, present, and future combine to make a very deadly and horrifying instant.
From the horror films we see, we relate to the chronicle evils that are harming the people in the film and
these are the films that send a shockwave through the mind and body in an entirely realistic sort of
antebellum- a collision of the past and present
The new film ‘Antebellum’ is a horror film that looks blood-curdling and effective because it is
completely horrifying. The film doesn’t appear to have much deep storyline or message instead it is
focused on the element of shock for the viewers with its intense horror drama.
The plot of the movie is on how a Confederate family kidnaps the film’s Black protagonist, Veronica
Henley, a modern-day sociologist and New York Times bestselling author played by Janelle Monae- and
enslaves her in the past. They take her to what appears to be the middle of the Civil War and force her,
along with the others who were also abducted, to live as a slave on their Louisiana plantation.
They profit from the cotton she picks; they rape and brand her; they force her to call herself by another
name. No Black person on the plantation is allowed to speak unless a White person permits them. It sounds much like any other dark racism based movie we have seen.
reflecting the past situation of blacks’ slavery
It is all, as slavery and racism inherently are, the horror of horrors. But here is where the film twists, it is
not a story about the antebellum period. There is no time travel involved. These Confederates have cell
phones and a commercial airplane that leaves a contrail through the sky.
Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s ‘Antebellum’ is about the present times in which people can be
horrified and relate to the dark time our ancestors have witnessed. The film is distinctly a horror film
based on American Racism and horror faced by African Americans. It is the kind of fiction that is truer
than two-dimension, fact-based accounts of reality.
In Xavier Burgin’s 2019 documentary, ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,’ the novelist talks about
how after so many differences and brutal actions against Blacks, it can be said very easily that “Black
History is black horror”. Antebellum narrates this fact by creating a story that reveals the enduring terror
in Black American History and Slavery’s hold on both the present and future.
inspired by ‘get out’ (2017)?
In this narrative, racists are the villains and as seen in Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ (2017), the racists who
want to strip Black people of their freedom and life may be just around the corner because racism never
The other front-role cast members include Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, and Kiersey Clemons.
Janelle joined the directors and the production team in mid-2019. The filming began in July 2019.
Gerard’s Antebellum was released through video on demand on 18th September 2020 after the delay
due to the pandemic and is also released in selected theatres in few countries.
The film will also have a theatrical release on 1st October 2020 in Australia.