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HBO series shot at White Pines State Park in Mt. Morris premieres Aug. 16

MT. MORRIS – HBO’s horror series “Lovecraft Country,” which filmed some scenes at White Pines State Park and other nearby areas 2 years ago, will premiere Aug. 16.

Some of Ogle County's natural landscapes were used as location shots, and some scenes were shot along a section of U.S. 52 in western Ogle County in August 2018.

"We chose that area for its topography ... we needed something with an open landscape," location manager Wes Hagan said at the time.

The crew came to Ogle County from Chicago, where they also filmed scenes in the Pilsen neighborhood in the Lower West Side.

"Lovecraft Country" is a horror drama set in the 1950s about a black man, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner, who drives across the country searching for his missing father with his Uncle George – publisher of "The Safe Negro Travel Guide" – and his childhood friend Letitia, encountering racism and the evils of Jim Crow America as well as malevolent spirits.

It stars Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and is produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams.

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