By Hillary Busis
Updated January 25, 2013 at 01:00 PM EST

Yes, up-and-comers Alice Englert (pictured) and Alden Ehrenreich play the protagonists of Beautiful Creatures, a young adult southern gothic tale that’s like a cross between Twilight and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (So the time is… I don’t know, around 9 p.m.?)

But the real star of the film may turn out to be Emma Thompson — who’s clearly having a blast playing the campy “Bible-thumping bigot” Mrs. Lincoln.

Thompson’s over-the-top southern accent is the best part of this exclusive featurette, which introduces Beautiful Creatures‘s main players and teases the main beats of its plot. Then again, the accent has a bit of competition from Emmy Rossum’s deliciously wicked Ridley and the few glimpses we get of the movie’s spooky special effects. Watch it for yourself, but be forewarned: If you don’t want a fairly important revelation about Thompson’s character to be spoiled, you might not want to press “play.”

Beautiful Creatures will cast its spell in theaters starting Feb. 14.

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Beautiful Creatures

  • Movie
  • R
  • 86 minutes
  • Bill Eagles