Lovecraft Country trailer from Jordan Peele cuts to the bone

Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Lovecraft Country - Photograph by Elizabeth Morris/HBO
Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Lovecraft Country - Photograph by Elizabeth Morris/HBO /

Lovecraft Country, Jordan Peele’s latest series on HBO is eerily relevant. Not only does it deliver the scares but it also tackles the history of racism in the United States.

Lovecraft Country is based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name. Set in the 1950’s, the story follows the adventures of Army veteran, Atticus Turner (Jonathan Majors), his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and his childhood friend, Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) as they travel the country searching for Atticus’ missing father, Montrose.

The world that Jordan Peele has created for HBO is twofold. It is all about exploring hidden layers. Not only in the here and now but the darkness that is lurking beneath the surface. From the beginning of the trailer, we see that the trio are delving into the occult.

Not only is something supernatural hunting Atticus and his companions but it may be demonic in nature. It is hard to combat what you can’t see but their reality is another matter entirely. Those dark forces in Lovecraft Country are present in the form of the citizens of the town they find themselves in.

When Uncle George remarks that “they don’t like outsiders at all,” we know what that means. Its quite apparent that they are not welcome because of the color of their skin. One would think that six decades later we would be more progressive but recent events in the news have shown us that this specter still hangs over our heads.

Peele has never been one to shy away from uncomfortable truths. His first feature, Get Out was terrifying and like a modern day twist on The Stepford Wives. But it also made audiences squirm for another reason.

He managed to poke through the façade of a seemingly liberal community who pays lip service to diversity and inclusion. Meanwhile, they are turning people of color into mindless zombies for self-serving and nefarious purposes.

It would appear that he is doing the same thing in Lovecraft Country, deftly blending the chilling and poignantly societal commentary into a haunting mix.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will premiere in August. 

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