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WATCH: Janelle Monáe Is Trapped in a Horrifying New Reality in the Latest Antebellum Trailer

The second trailer for Antebellum just dropped, and it’s even more frightening than the last.

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From the producers of modern horror classics Us and Get Out, Ray Mansfield and Sean McKittrick, and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in her first leading role. The upcoming horror/sci-fi thriller tells the story of Veronica Henley (Monáe), a successful author who finds herself trapped between two worlds and must find a way to escape before it’s too late. Previously, viewers were in the dark as to the specifics of the upcoming horror sci-fi thriller’s plot. Now, this terrifying new trailer may offer insight into just what, exactly, Antebellum is about.

The trailer begins with images of a happy life for Veronica. She’s seen with a loving family, solid friends, and appears, at first, content. But as soon as the trailer flashes the words “UNLESS,” things take an alarming, violent turn. 

Veronica is kidnapped and forced back in time to pre-Civil War-era America where she finds herself enslaved. She is unknown, voiceless, and paralyzed by her position. In the world of Antebellum, time travel leads to torture, to cruelty.

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As Veronica fights to return to her own time period, she must contend with the displacement of time and space as well as her fraying identity. But one important question remains: Why? Why her?

While we may not yet know the how and the why of Antebellum’s plot, after this new look, we’re dying to find out. Check out the trailer below to begin unraveling this film’s twisted secrets. Antebellum is currently slated to release on August 21, 2020. 

Featured still from "Antebellum" via QC Entertainment