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Viewers Were Absolutely Gripped By The Gory And Unnerving First Episode Of Lovecraft Country

Viewers Were Absolutely Gripped By The Gory And Unnerving First Episode Of Lovecraft Country
By Paul Moore

While no TV show or film is made in a cultural vacuum, Lovecraft Country, the new HBO horror that's being shown on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, is tragically prescient.

For the last few weeks, we've been quietly confident about the show and after seeing the first episode, our faith has definitely been justified.

In terms of the story, the horror series is based on Matt Ruff ’s novel of the same name. The drama follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), a Korean War veteran who is joined by his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams).

While travelling through America, George is putting together a new edition of his Safe Negro Travel Guide (a fictional version of the very real Green Book) but what unfolds is a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of America and the terrifying ancient monsters ripped from the twisted mind of H.P Lovecraft - an author that was notoriously racist in real life.

Simply put, by the end of the show, you'll be rooting for the horrific creatures to kill some of the racist characters that exist in the show.

In terms of memorable scenes, those few minutes when the heroes try to leave a sundown county before sundown, with a murderously racist sheriff in pursuit, is as tense as anything you'll see.

Aside from this, Jurnee Smollett's delivery of the line "My name’s not girl. My name is Letitia Fucking Lewis," is one hell of an early introduction. 

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All in all, it's fair to say that viewers will definitely be watching the next episode.

Lovecraft Country airs at 9pm on Sky Atlantic and it's also available to watch on NOW TV.

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