Horror has always been relevant even though it doesn’t get the attention it deserves from mainstream award shows. Last year movies like Us and Ready or Not and shows like Watchmen highlighted class divide and were not even recognised for their stellar work. But does that mean storytellers who love that genre are just going to stop doing so? Absolutely not and HBO’s latest horror based series, Lovecraft Country, is proof of that.
The series that has been developed and executive produced by Misha Green along with other executive producers like J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary from Birds of Prey). It follows the story of Atticus Black who, along with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George go to Lovecraft Country in search for his missing father. Pretty simple, eh? Well, no. Because the story is set in 1950’s America where there is rampant racism and police brutality (and monsters) happening that constantly keep coming in their way. Wait! Isn’t that what is happening right now in America?
Lovecraft Country is based on a 2016 dark fantasy horror novel by Matt Ruff that mixed the horror synonymous with renowned writer H.P. Lovecraft’s work and racism in the United States during the era of Jim Crow laws. What are the Jim Crow laws? They were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States which were enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by white Democratic-dominated state legislatures largely to hamper political and economic gains made by African-Americans. See, all I am saying is that if HBO drops this right now, the parallels it is going to draw will be startling and eye-opening.
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