New ‘Lovecraft Country’ Trailer: Racism & Horror in J.J. Abrams & Jordan Peele HBO Series


With upcoming shows like this and crime noir drama Perry Mason on the way, HBO continues to have our undivided attention.

A new trailer has arrived for Lovecraft Country, a drama horror series co-created by Jordan Peele, who exec produces with J.J. Abrams. The series, based on the novel by Matt Ruff, is set in 1950s U.S.A. and follows a man (Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco) as he embarks on a journey across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams, The Wire).

As we said with that first teaser, this is enticing stuff. There appears to be a moody balance of genres and themes, with timely (sigh, very timely)  issues of discrimination and racism backed up with what looks like creepy Lovecraftian horror. HBO’s recent Watchmen series also showed off a thematical balancing act, analysing racism and law enforcement alongside heady sci-fi.

Can’t wait for this one. Lovecraft Country, also starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Courtney B. Vance, among others, will be hitting HBO in August.

Official synopsis for Lovecraft Country:

HBO’s new drama series, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name, debuts this August. The series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.



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