I’ve been eagerly anticipating HBO’s upcoming limited series Lovecraft Country since I heard about it, but it seems much more prescient and important now. It’s a road movie, a travelogue of 1950’s America under Jim Crow. Perhaps most of all, it’s a horror movie, tapping into the covert and overt fear that bubbles to the surface in a country that sees anyone with a black face as subhuman.
HBO put together an outstanding team for this, including executive producer Jordan Peele, writer/producer Misha Green (Underground, Helix, Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Majors (of the outstanding Last Black Man In San Francisco), Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, The Road, generally being amazing), and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Birds of Prey, True Blood). The new footage looks astounding and sets just the right tone for this adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel.
You can check out the first teaser here.
Lovecraft Country comes to HBO in August.