Series Review: “Lovecraft Country”


How can I write a series review of Lovecraft Country after watching only part of the first episode? Easily. This Jordan Peele offering is a bait and switch. After an initial dream sequence which teases Cthulu and the Lovecraft mythos, the episode spends the next forty-five minutes introducing us to the hardships faced by blacks in the 1950’s. The protagonist has a letter from his father, who has gone in search of his dead mother’s past in Massachusetts. That’s as close as I came to Lovecraft Country.

If you want to make a series about the hardships of black life in pre-civil rights America, go for it. But don’t pretend it has anything to do with the amazing works of HP Lovecraft. Using his name to get people to watch your show, which has nothing to do with cosmic horror, will just make real fans of the genre never want to watch anything you make ever again. If your series does indeed explore the Lovecraftian mythos, I don’t see how it can do it well, since it’s obvious that it isn’t what you care about.

If you look at Rotten Tomatoes, critics give this series 96%, the audience 72%. If you look on IMDB, 7.6/10. But on metacritic, the critics give the series only 79 and the user score is a paltry 4.4, which is still a far better grade than I rate it. This shows that you can’t trust Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB ratings. If you are expecting horror, don’t waste your time with this.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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