Here is the latest for a time travel film coming soon in 2020 called Antebellum:


The scary premise is that something is sending women back in time to the antebellum South. The scares come when the victims are African-American women. The problem being that no matter what they say or do, they will not be listened to or believed. To make matters worse, trying to explain their situation will only likely get a person whipped, beaten, raped, or killed. If anything, definitely not a situation wherein most time-travel stories would have the persons magically invent something to prove they are from the future.
 
This is the kind of time travel/alternate universe story I actually tend to gravitate towards. The savageness of past eras tends to get glossed over in a lot of contemporary time travel stories.

That having been said. . . this seems to me to be like the genre of 'black suffering revenge porn'. I get the point of stories like this is to make the viewer feel uncomfortable. But aside from the time travel element, I feel I've seen this sort of story before. Think 12 Years A Slave or Amistad. I get theres a market for it, and I get it's important we don't forget about this era in our history. But it seems that it's just going to be retreading old ground in those movies. Only likely without the catharsis of Django or Amistad with the slavers being killed/the Africans getting their freedom.
 
Django was also a slick Tarantino-type action film of the blaxploitation type. I don't think this is revenge porn though. It's from the producers of Get Out and Us and so this would be the sort of black-centric horror film, instead of suffering recent porn. The latter wasn't really even a movie focused on race. This trailer depicts a bunch of cliches though, from the creepy little girl crawling spider-like to the creepy little girl shushing at the camera.
 
Here is the latest for a time travel film coming soon in 2020 called Antebellum:


The scary premise is that something is sending women back in time to the antebellum South. The scares come when the victims are African-American women. The problem being that no matter what they say or do, they will not be listened to or believed. To make matters worse, trying to explain their situation will only likely get a person whipped, beaten, raped, or killed. If anything, definitely not a situation wherein most time-travel stories would have the persons magically invent something to prove they are from the future.
This reminds me of Octavia Butler's Kindred.
 
Antebellum will release on April 24, 2020. The film is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. Antebellum marks their directorial debut; the pair have a history of socially-driven work, including a political music video for the hip-hop artist Jay-Z, as well as a PSA condemning police brutality. Antebellum is being produced by Raymond Mansfield and Sean McKittrick (Get Out). The production company for the film is QC Entertainment; it is being distributed by Lionsgate. Filming for Antebellum began May 2019 and the film is currently in post-production.


Story details for Antebellum are very much under wraps, likely on purpose. What has been released is a log line, "Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late." Janelle Monáe plays Veronica, though nothing else about characters in the film has been released. The trailer reveals two timelines; pre Civil War slavery, as a Southern plantation is shown, and modern times, as Monáe's character is shown having dinner with friends, and a 911 voice-over is present throughout. The film's tagline is: "if it chooses you, nothing can save you."
 
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