In Janelle Monáe’s latest film, a horror movie called “Antebellum,” the horror she’s living stems all the way back to the slave period in American history.
The first teaser for “Antebellum” begins with a black woman running through a field and screaming in agony while in the distance some men in confederate uniforms chase her down on horses. But all the while, the only sounds we hear are the modern day noises of a plane flying overhead and a 911 operator desperately trying to help whomever is on the other side of the line.
The film specifically stars Monáe as successful author Veronica Henley, finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late. There’s also a creepy little girl in Civil War-era clothing who probably has something to do with whatever nightmare Monáe’s character is living through.
“Antebellum” comes from the producers of “Get Out” and “Us” and is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, or the team of Bush+Renz.
Monáe stars with Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.
Bush+Renz also produced the film with Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Zev Foreman, Lezlie Wills.
“Antebellum” opens in theaters April 24, 2020 from Lionsgate. Watch the first teaser trailer above.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...