|Janelle Monae in Antebellum movie (photo cred: Matt Kenedy/IMDB.com)
In Antebellum's trailer, you see Janelle Monae, Gabourey Sidibe, and their co-stars enjoying an evening out, taking selfies. Next thing you know, Janelle Monae appears in a field as slaves. There is also a creepy little girl who appears in the trailer. It is said that if an unknown "they" choose you, no one can save you. It's also important to note that Antebellum is produced by the same directors, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz of Jordan Peele's horror films Get Out and Us.
This storyline appears to be similar to the book Kindred. In the book, a California writer by the name of Dana travels back in time to save a little boy from harm but then finds herself in danger. Slavery is a big part of the book also. In the movie, Janelle Monae plays the character Veronica who is also an author. The word "antebellum" refers to the 18th century before the Civil War. You usually see the phrase "Antebellum south" referring to slavery and other in the south during that time period.
Antebellum's movie poster includes a butterfly with blood dripping down the wall which suggests the butterfly effect with a horror-filled twist. The Oxford Dictionary defines the butterfly effect as "(with reference to chaos theory) the phenomenon whereby a minute localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere." Also, if you've seen the movie The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher, then you know the movie was the epitome of that definition.
Although it hasn't been confirmed, by the looks of things, Antebellum could be the movie us Kindred fans have been waiting for! - 1BN
Check out the Antebellum trailer below and let me know what you think!
What do you think of the Antebellum trailer? Does it remind you of Octavia Butler's Kindred?
5/20/2020- This article was updated to include the new trailer for the Antebellum movie.
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Further Reading: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Underground-Railroad