“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The phrase is used to deem so much choice as ‘shallow’ because why would you just pick up a book based solely on how pretty the cover is or just begin watching a TV show or movie simply because you liked the title/poster art/trailer/leading actor! But to all the people who use this phrase so liberally to shame other’s for their simple pleasures, I politely say “Shove it!”
Lovecraft Country – just the name was enough to pique my interest! Even though I’ve yet to read any of H.P. Lovecraft’s works (I’ve been shamed plenty already.) Then I watched the trailer and I knew I couldn’t pass it up. But it fell off my radar for a while. I’m glad it did because I ended up binge-watching the whole season in 2 days! And what a treat it was!
A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.
I don’t want to write a long, rambling review so I’ll just quickly list the things that I loved about the show:
- The pacing – perfectly thrilling, no useless filler episodes (I’m looking at you GoT S08)
- The cast – such amazing packed so tightly together
- The costume design – I’m especially in love with everything worn by Jurnee Smollett’s ‘Letitia F**king Louis’ (watch the show and you’ll get the reference, I promise!) and Wunmi Mosaku’s ‘Ruby Baptiste’
- The storytelling – especially how it revolved around family and how it shapes you
Something I didn’t mention above because I feel it deserves its own paragraph is the artwork for each episode’s title. To me the whole show was gorgeous but the title artwork was a treat unto itself! I’ve inserted some below but you can also check out them all in this neat video by the people over at Art of The Title.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, I really liked this series. I had the right amount of everything – suspense, thrill, gore, family drama, etc. I would say Lovecraft Country’s flavor of horror was more of the underlying sense of unease kind, no jumpscares here. Despite that, I recommend it all my fellow horror nerds! Happy viewing!