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Here's Why New Horror Lovecraft Country Could Be Your Next TV Addiction

Here's Why New Horror Lovecraft Country Could Be Your Next TV Addiction

With 26 Emmy nominations to its name,  HBO's superhero series Watchmen clearly resonated with audiences and critics alike.

Aside from a wonderfully layered story, excellent performances by the likes of  Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and confident direction, the series' was tragically topical in terms of its depiction of racism in the US.

Well, HBO will be hoping that their new horror series Lovecraft Country will resonate in a similar way when it airs on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

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) as he joins 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).

This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying ancient monsters ripped from the twisted mind of H.P Lovecraft.

What makes Lovecraft Country even more fascinating is that Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) serve as its executive producers.

Given the fact that Peele's work has provided some of the finest social commentaries on issues like race, class, social inequality, and more, the material in this drama seems like a perfect fit.

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In terms of the cast, the series features familiar faces such as Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire and Boardwalk Empire) as Atticus’ father, Montrose Freeman and Courtney B. Vance (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, American Crime Story) as Atticus’ uncle George Freeman. Atticus himself will be played by Jonathan Majors (When We Rise).

Joining Williams, Vance and Majors, are Jurnee Smollett (True Blood, Friday Night Lights) as Letitia Lewis.

Yann Demange (director of the brilliant ‘71) helms the pilot while Daniel Sackheim (Game of Thrones and True Detective), Ben Stephenson, and Bill Carraro are also directing episodes.

Lovecraft Country starts on Monday 17 August at 02.00 with the episode repeated at 21.00 on Sky Atlantic. The series will also be available to watch and stream online via NOW TV.

Take a look at what's in store.

Clip via HBO

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