We live an an exceptional time to be horror fans, and that comes with absolutely no exaggeration or embellishment. With the availability of classic films, brilliant indies, and some of the best horror-themed TV shows in decades, there’s an overwhelming variety to choose from. Such a broad platform is bringing that glorious and frightful fringe element to the masses. The J Horror wave of the early 2000s gave everyone an affinity for the vengeful, tortured spirit, supernatural vindication, and gross comeuppance that Asian horror does so extremely well. More importantly, it gave international horror the attention that it deserved.
HBO’s new anthology show, Folklore, will explore horror-themed Asian myths across six countries. Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan will all have entries in the six episode series. Even better, a new director will helm each installment that pertains to these country’s legends of occult beliefs and supernatural beings. Each will also be presented in that country’s native language.
Folklore premiered last year on HBO Asia. The channel also has behind-the-scenes featurettes on its YouTube channel. Below is the featurette for episode 1, entitled “A Mother’s Love,” that deals with an Indonesian spirit that longs for children. Folklore will be available on HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO On Demand on February 1.