Jordan Peele is without a doubt one of the most defining directors of the last decade. Known for his films which dictate politically, socially and racially uncomfortable storylines, Peele is seemingly on a horror streak which has broken his comedic foundations (but let’s face it, Key & Peele will always be iconic).
Along the way, he’s nabbed a number of impressive accolades including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Get Out, 2018) plus a slew of nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. His directorial debut Get Out was a powerful and spine-chilling narrative of inherent racism and was closely followed by Us—a slasher-inspired horror examining all of our prejudices.
Now, the horror mastermind has teamed up with JJ Abrams in a producer role to bring Matt Ruff’s 2016 dark-fantasy novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country, to your screens. The story follows a young African American, by the name of Atticus Black, who is searching for his missing father as he trawls across 1950s America. And we don’t need to tell you that this era was an indelible time for the fight against racial discrimination with a looming Civil Rights Movement alongside Jim Crow Laws (legislation which enforced racial segregation in the south of the US). Needless to say, Atticus’ search for his father becomes a massive mission to survive the racist terrors mixed with all the ghosts and paranormal activity found in the original book (essentially inspired by the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft).
Scope out the trailer below.
Lovecraft County will air on Neon August 17.
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