Words by Jason Sewald
Lovecraft Country follows the story of Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), a black war Veteran in 1950’s America, where he, his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) go on a search to look for Atticus’ missing father. During the search, they have to try and survive the Jim Crow Era of the 50s, but as the title suggest, that is not the only thing they have to survive as they come up against beings and entities straight out of a Lovecraftian tale.
Moving on as to why this is a gem, well for starters, the Executive Producers are Jordan Peele and J.J Abrams. Peele’s touch seems to be golden, so anything that he has his hands on is sure to be great and Abrams experience in the industry gives it the balance that is needed. As this is an HBO show, you can expect great set designs, fantastic cinematography and expensive set pieces.
A great thing to note as well is the cast and directors. This seems to be a lot of the casts first big acting break, as well as a few directorial debuts and somehow this show does not miss a beat or break its flow. The main cast gives it their all, and makes Jim Crow America FEEL like Jim Crow America, which as a black man, shakes me personally to my core but also keeps me glued to the screen.
For my last note, the idea of Lovecraftian horror with the blend of actual American History is a horror blend that we didn’t know we needed. Somehow, they manage to maintain the very real horrors black people faced in those times and mix it in with monsters and creatures of a Lovecraft book and it begins to blur the lines of which horror is worse and once that sets in, it makes you reflect on just how bad the Jim Crow Era was but also how unbelievable it was in contrast to the monsters. So if you love horror, make sure you get on this, because it does not get the hype it deserves and definitely makes it a hidden gem.