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Janelle Monáe’s super secret horror movie gets first super secret trailer

The project has been cloaked in secrecy

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Janelle Monáe stars in upcoming horror movie Antebellum, but outside of the directors and release date, not much else is known about this super secret project. It doesn’t even have a Wikipedia or IMDB page.

What we do know: Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz wrote and directed the film, which was announced back in March. Other details have been kept under wraps, however, though the duo is known for highlighting social issues in their work. Bush and Renz previously worked on campaign with the MLK Memorial Foundation and Amnesty International, as well as a viral PSA about police brutality and a politically charged Jay-Z music video.

The first trailer for Antebellum is tinged with Southern Gothic influences, seemingly taking place in two time periods: the present day and the titular pre-American Civil War period. Something is chasing present-day Janelle Monáe. There’s also a creepy little girl in a white dress, who is definitely not a force for good.

The posters for Antebellum feature a single monarch butterfly with bloody wings. Creepy!

the poster for antebellum, featuring a monarch butterfly with bloody wings against a white background, the words “if it chooses you nothing can save you” Lionsgate

Antebellum comes out on April 24, 2020.

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