A wealth of mystery exists within the teaser trailer for Lionsgate's Antebellum, the new physiological thriller from directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.
The trailer, backed by a slow, deliberate voiceover of a 911 call and eerie music, gives few clues to its larger premise. But within the montage of scenes, we do take notice of Janelle Monáe's Veronica, our leading heroine who finds herself in the middle of a horrifying reality.
The trailer steadily travels back and forth within time, a purposeful focus on the difference of race, comfort, and luxury within the two periods. I'll admit my curiosity is itched, and I'm slightly disappointed I'll have to wait until April 2020 to scratch it.
Co-starring Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jena Malone, don't be surprised if Antebellum premieres at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. Over the last few years, the festival has proven a solid launching point for similar films like John Krasinski's A Quiet Place and Jordan Peele's Get Out.