Lovecraft Country (HBO) - Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Lovecraft Country on HBO, premiered last night (Sunday Aug 16) on HBO. From wiki...

    Lovecraft Country follows "Atticus Freeman as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. 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."

    Lovecraft Country is an American drama horror television series developed by Misha Green based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. It premiered on August 16, 2020, on HBO. The series is produced by Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers including Jordan Peele, Green, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson.
     
  2. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Good start. Great cast and an interesting story. By the end of the hour, I was hooked.

    "Welcome Home"
     
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  3. jamesbobo

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    I never heard of the novel it is based on so I went into this blind. It certainly takes a change of direction in the last part of the episode. Now I'm wondering where they're going with this so I'll keep watching.
     
  4. Rob Helmerichs

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    Was that Jamie Chung as the Princess of Mars? She's in the show's cast, but was listed as "credit only" for this episode...
     
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    I loved the book, haven’t watched the series. From reviews, I gather that the basic structure of the book is there, but is taken in different directions as it seems they want it to be an ongoing storyline.
     
  6. Steveknj

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    Is it more horror or historical fiction? I recorded this but haven't watched it yet. I'm not a huge fan of traditional "horror" like the Halloween movies, or Friday the 13th. But if it's horror in more of a historical context, I'll give it a shot.
     
  7. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    It's definitely horror, but not in the vein of the Halloween or Friday the 13th movies, which IMO relied more on jump scares...
     
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  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    It's a sad commentary on the state of civilization when Halloween and Friday the 13th are cited as examples of "traditional horror"... :D
     
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  9. jamesbobo

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    From what I've seen it's a combination of both.
     
  10. robojerk

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    I grew up in the 80's. When I think of horror those are the staples I think of... What would you consider "traditional horror"?
     
  11. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Well, Lovecraft, for one. ;)

    Dracula, Frankenstein. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Fly. Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist.

    Stephen King, Peter Straub, Thomas Harris. Etc., etc., etc.

    Halloween and Friday the 13th, to my way of thinking, were in the vanguard of the modern form of horror that has largely replaced traditional forms. Instead of using horror to explore the dark side of human nature, they just come up with lists of inventive (or not so inventive) ways of killing off characters.
     
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    Feel self owned there. :)
     
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    I'm not going to bail just yet but I did not care for this first episode. Hated the look of the monster and the CGI was pretty bad when that sheriff turned. Only thing that may keep me going is the female lead....yowsah what a beauty! She's Jussie Smollette's sister! I won't hold that against her...lol
     
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    Watched the first episode with my son, and I must say, we were blown away. Loved it. The story is interesting and then they throw in the monsters toward the end. We are so in. I was intrigued by halfway through the episode and then it just got even more interesting. We are so in. The horror genre is not necessarily my cup of tea, but this was so interesting. One nitpik and this is not only for this show, but I absolutely hate when they throw modern music into a period piece. It take me out of the vibe of the story. A 1950s set episode should not have any type of rap music. I did love the period music, especially the scene where the two sisters were singing. That was just awesome.
     
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    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    And that was actually them singing. Both are trained vocalists IRL.

    I could rewatch just that scene, loved it.
     
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    It was, but my first thought was well, it's better than Lost's polar bear...

    Seriously though, it's such an amazing story it would suck to bail just for that. I thought it was funny though that the sheriff's missing arm didn't hurt all that much. He was too busy being racist to care.
     
  17. gossamer88

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    Haha, that bothered me as well.
     
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    It also wasn't very bloody! I'm used to severed digits bleeding everywhere, but it made me wonder if the monster cauterized his wound because it was mighty clean. That didn't last long of course.
     
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    While I was watching this, an ice cream truck playing "Turkey in the Straw" went down my street (and I'd read that linked article earlier in the weekend), so that was some unexpected extra verisimilitude.
     
  20. cheesesteak

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    Wow. That was good. The next episode can't come soon enough.

    I was mentally yelling "Don't leave Uncle George behind!" when they left Uncle George behind.

    It's a reminder that the "good ol' days" weren't so good for everybody.
     
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