So the first episode of the anticipated adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel is finally out as of this sunday. What’s your guys’ first impression of the show? I’m still on the fence about it. While historically it makes sense to paint HP Lovecraft as a racist, as much as he may have regretted that worldview before he died, I feel like the show might bang that drum a lot throughout the run of the show and that seems wrongheaded to me. Also, of the monsters we’ve seen so far I’m not quite sure if any of them are actual Lovecraft creations or if they’re just “Lovecraftian”.
Watching Jackey Robinson smash up what I think was a Starspawn with a baseball bat was probably either the most stupid or most amazing thing I’ve seen in a TV show in a good long while though.
The book the show is based on is really quite good. If they more or less stick to that it’ll be a fine show.
I personally liked it based on the first episode alone. The second one went a bit too fast for me but I’m still on board for now. I wouldn’t place the creatures as starspawn though. Maybe their own take on ghasts? Not quite sure though.
I watch _a lot_ of horror films. Way too many, in fact. But I try to stay away from series because once you start it can be hard to stop even when it’s not that great. So, I’m hesitant to even watch this. Have not read the book. Also, don’t have HBO. I would just watch it when the season is over, on DVD or somehow similarly.
My question, though, which could sway me to watch it:
Is it actually scary (or at least trying to be/ostensibly), or is it really just “action” that calls itself horror because it has monsters?
I enjoyed the first episode a lot. It was really well done. The second episode was a bit of a mess. It felt like they blew through an entire season in one episode. WAY too rushed. The third one was a lot more like the first. A solid mixture of period piece racism and horror. Jurnee Smollett did a hell of a job with her role in that one. I really enjoyed it.
I agree with Tony. I’m liking it so far, but I wouldn’t call it horror. I’d say it’s more like “Dark Fantasy” as Christopher Lee used to call his own movies. Sure, there’s monsters and metaphysics, but I’m definitely not feeling it as a horror series.
I did enjoy the 4th episode. It almost felt like a Call of Cthulhu scenario. Monsters, traps, puzzles, exploration 🙂
Same here. It seems to have grown past the second episode madness. I think they needed too many things to happen too soon to present the world lore for the rest of the story to develop. Let’s see how it goes from there!