HBO series Folklore to explore Asian horror myths

By Nathaniel Dalby - Tue 22nd Jan 2019 News

The Asian horror anthology will hit the US next month.

A new HBO series is set to adapt Asian myths into horror stories.

Titled Folklore, the show will explore myths and legends from six different countries across the continent, including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

Each episode will focus on “supernatural beings and occult beliefs” and are in the native language of each country. 

Folklore was aired on HBOAsia in 2018, with it hitting the US on February 1st. As of yet, there is no word as to whether it’ll appear in the UK, though it will be on Sky Atlantic if it does. 

The series is yet another anthology show, which appears to be the biggest modern TV trend.

Shows like Black Mirror, Inside No. 9 and American Horror Story have helped make the format popular, especially on streaming platforms like Netflix. 

Jordan Peele, director of Get Out and the upcoming horror Us, is set to helm a new version of The Twilight Zone later this year and Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected is also due for a remake. 

As places like Japan are full of ghost stories (which is why Japanese horror is so effective), Folklore could be one of 2019’s first top shows.

Source: AV Club