Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country is HBO’s another venture into a twisted horror drama.
Created by Misha Green who also serves as one of the co-executive producers of the show along with J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Yann Demange, David Knoller, Ben Stephenson, and Daniel Sackheim.
Having co-creator of shows such as Lost and Fringe and writer-director of films such as Get Out and Us, this information alone tells us a lot about the kind of show Lovecraft Country is.
In the true spirit of the dark horror genre, Lovecraft Country is a mix of gruesome, hair-raising, and blood curdling with a side of terrifying. And that’s an understatement.
More to what meets the eye, this horror drama explores every horror tropes and treatment to serve you the best fear-inspiring dish known in the horror cookbook.
From haunted houses to monsters to racial swapping to abuse, Lovecraft Country has done it all which is what makes this show intriguing and unique. Therefore, if you’re in two minds whether to watch this show, here’s what you should know about it:
Lovecraft Country rating:
The HBO series is rated TV-MA according to IMDb which means that it is not suitable for viewers under 17 years of age.
Since the series heavily focuses on the widespread bigotry faced by African Americans and people of color in the 1950s, scenes are heavily laced with profanity, racial slurs including the “N” word, and graphic violence.
Apart from the rampant racism at the hands of white people, the series has instances of nudity, sexual acts, and sexual abuse. Blood and gore at the hands of monsters (including humans) are also depicted.
What monsters appear in Lovecraft Country?
Apart from the monstrosity at the hands of humans, other behemoths that appear in Lovecraft Country are shoggoths, zombies, ghosts, and Kumho.
A shoggoth is a fictional monster in the Cthulhu Mythos and in the series depicts amorphous shape-shifting beings. Whereas, a Kumho is a spirit of the nine-tailed fox from the Korean lore and is often associated with a seductress who lures virile men and preys on them.
Needless to say, Lovecraft Country is not a topic you’d like to discuss over dinner with family and especially around children.