Antebellum (2020)

Antebellum (Bush and Renz 2020)

This film received just a 28% rating from critics, and 53% from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. In contrast we found the film to be exceptionally good in most ways. We discuss the possible discrepancies between our appreciation and that of others. A film that presses the boundaries of horror in positive ways paved by Get Out.


Antebellum (Bush and Renz 2020) – please watch the film before listening!

TOPIC INDEX – Antebellum (Bush and Renz 2020) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:50 – Discussion begins
4:50 – The film’s reputation vs our experience
9:00 – Laura’s take on genre,
13:30 – Marshall explores a grand theory of the film
17:00 – showing and telling intersectionality
20:05 – sociology scene – the biography and history connection of the sociological imagination
29:00 – Laura’s assessment of popular reviews
37:00 – Django Unchained, the spectacle of black bodies, and character development
45:00 – V’s exceptionalism
55:00 – the trailer and the ending
1:04:30 – racial privilege and exploitation
1:07:15 – Grant’s genre primer
1:15:00 – Dawn being hit on

54:10 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
Get Out (Peele 2017)
The First Purge (McMurray 2018)
Ma (Taylor 2019)


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Episode 77

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