When I first learned about HBO’s Lovecraft Country mixing 1950s Jim Crow era racism with the freaky and disturbing monsters from H.P. Lovecraft’s works, I just knew I had to give it a look. Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros., I finally got the chance with the Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season Blu-ray set. Viewers are sure to be scared one way or the other from either the terrifying creatures and/or the racism presented here.
This interesting series was created by Misha Green, co-creator of 2016’s Underground TV series (which was cancelled way too soon), and even wrote some of the episodes for the famed Sons of Anarchy series. It’s also executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele to make sure all of their combined talents are felt throughout the show.
Taking place during the Jim Crow era of the 1950s, Korean War veteran Attitcus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors) comes back from his tour to find out his father Montrose (Michael K. Williams) is missing. He teams up with his friend Letitia “Leti” Lewis (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a journey across the country to find him. What seems like a simple quest turns ugly for our heroes at every turn, thanks to running into two different kinds of monsters, racist people and creatures from H.P. Lovecraft’s books.
So whether its dealing with people who want to kill them or don’t want them in their town, or fighting off eyeball-covered monsters and other monstrosities including some dealing with disturbing body horror, Tic and his companions rarely have a dull or bloodless moment as the search for his father goes on. They also come across characters from Lovecraft’s works that I won’t spoil, but they’re sure to tickle the fancy of fans.
I enjoyed watching this series as it was always something interesting or scary going on. And just when you think things can’t get any scarier or worse, they somehow push it even more that will have you wondering how will they top it in the next episode (or hopefully next season). Thanks to high-definition visuals and audio, the thrills are that much scarier as you’ll find yourself fuming at racism one moment and hiding behind the couch the next as the sights and sounds put you right the middle of everything.
There’s also some cool extras to go over after the show. “Lovecraft Country: Compendium of Horrors” goes into the freaky supernatural parts of the show and the unique special effects that goes into bringing them to life, “Crafting Lovecraft Country” gives viewers a look into the production of the series and how it’s able to combine all of its elements into something unique. “Exploring Lovecraft Country” has the cast discussing their characters in a few short video segments, and “Lovecraft Country: The Craft” features the cast going over their take on the series. There’s another extra or two, but I’m surprised there wasn’t any audio commentary on the episodes which feels like a missed opportunity.
Those looking for an interesting and very unique horror show need look no further than Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season. Viewers are treated to multiple sad and scary things going on that may conflict some who watch, but those who stick around until the conclusion will be rewarded with a well thought out show that will leave you waiting in terror for the (hopefully to be greenlit soon) second season.