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Lovecraft Country Teaser Trailer: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

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BY June 5, 2020
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You might not have noticed–there’s a lot moving the dial these days–but this week, HBO dropped the second teaser for its upcoming series Lovecraft Country. Let’s talk about the show and the new Lovecraft Country teaser trailer.

What is Lovecraft Country?

Before it became a TV show, it was a book. Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name focuses on Korean War vet and sci-fi fan Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors). After his father, Montrose Freeman (Michael K. Williams), goes missing, Atticus sets off with his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) to find him.

Not only is this a perilous journey period–they’re traveling through 1950s America when Jim Crow laws were still in effect–but there’s also something else afoot. This is Lovecraft Country and it comes with its own unique terrors. Or as HBO says, “This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.”

Presumably, they will cross paths with Samuel Braithwaite (Tony Goldwyn), the head of the secretive “Sons of Adam,” although we don’t see him in the teaser. We do see his daughter Christina, though, played by Abbey Lee and her beautiful gap teeth.*

What Else Is There in the Lovecraft Country Teaser Trailer?

Well, it’s a teaser trailer, so accordingly so, it doesn’t give up much. While not as abbreviated as say, the Hunters teaser, it’s still pretty short–less than two minutes total. But in that minute and 50 seconds, there are some images that modern-day viewers may find startlingly relevant. It’s not hard, for example, to make connections with current events when you see the police pull over a black driver. Or when you see a group of black folks with their hands up. With these kinds of things as constant threats, the supernatural phenomena almost seems like an afterthought. Almost.

Misha Green (Underground) is the showrunner for Lovecraft Country. Executive producers include Green, Jordan Peele, and JJ Abrams. The show is scheduled to debut in August 2020.

Are you looking forward to seeing Lovecraft Country? Let us know on social media, like our Facebook page, which I’ve always known we’ve had, or here in the comments.

*There are dozens of us!

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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