Lovecraft Country s1e1: Sundown

Air Date: August 16, 2020

Rating: 10/10

The works of H.P. Lovecraft are brought to life in this show about racial relations in 1950s America. I’m not even kidding. Atticus Freeman gets a mysterious letter from his father and together with his Uncle George and his friend Letitia, they set off across the country to find him. Only to discover that a corrupt police system under Jim Crow laws are the least of their worries.

I’ve just discovered this show a little randomly and am pleasantly surprised by it. I was told it was good, but I didn’t expect it to be something more than just another horror show. Horror, in this case, seems to be more a backdrop for saying something about the real-world history of African-Americans during one of the darkest points for African-Americans in our history. Well, unless we’re going a hundred years before that…

Enough depressing history aside, this show uses horror-tropes incredibly well. It’s something when the tensest scene in the episode isn’t even when the monsters show up but one of the scariest parts I’ve seen on any screen is while our main characters are doing their best to drive the speed limit out of the county. You have to see it to know what I’m talking about.

Something else I have to say is that I think using the 50s as a backdrop is a very good choice. And I enjoy that we’re seeing Black people as the main characters because Lovecraft was kinda racist in his writings and this isn’t just a different take on his stories, it’s showing us a different light (a very dark light) for how things were during this time period. On a related note, I love seeing the culture and the music of this the fifties on screen and I really hope that there’s a lot more of both moving forward.

SCORING:

+10: Horror is simultaneous my most and least favorite genre, when it’s good, as this is, it’s really good, the problem is that it’s really hard to make horror this good

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