Lovecraft Country, the brand new supernatural horror sequence set to debut on HBO in August, couldn’t really feel extra related second. While a primary take a look at the sequence, based on the book by written by Matt Ruff and produced by Misha Green, Jordan Peele, and J.J. Abrams, leaned into the supernatural strangeness of the sequence, a brand new trailer makes it clear that there are extra insidious and related threats to the characters than magic from one other world.
Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Turner, a younger, Black military veteran with an obsessions for science fiction books. Shortly after Atticus returns from World War II, his household is pulled right into a thriller fueled by otherworldly magic and secret cults that take all of them via America in the course of the Jim Crow period.
The guide is split into a number of interlocking tales, and we catch glimpses of a few of them within the trailer. There are haunted mansions, zombies, and monsters from different worlds, plus different horrors, too.
During its fast montage, the trailer exhibits a cross burning, police stopping a Black household at a checkpoint, and a police officer firing a gun. It appears, identical to the novel, that the sequence will likely be simply as a lot in regards to the horrors that face Black Americans, and have for hundreds of years, as it is going to be about supernatural forces.
This shouldn’t come as any shock contemplating the particular wealth of expertise that’s behind the sequence. Green, the showrunner and govt producer, was the creator of Underground, a sequence in regards to the Underground Railroad. Peele, who’s govt producing, is finest identified for Get Out and Us, excellent examinations of America’s relationship to race.
In truth, the sequence’ concentrate on race is true in its title. H.P. Lovecraft himself was vocally racist throughout his life and it seeped into all of his work. Even although his books and tales are science-fiction and horror classics, they’re inextricably linked to their racist roots, even immediately.
And Lovecraft Country’s reminds us that America isn’t any totally different. With 1000’s of Americans throughout the nation protesting legislation enforcement’s violence and racism after the police homicide of George Floyd, the stains of racism and slavery are nonetheless simply as evident immediately as they had been previously. It’s Lovecraft Country.