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Erik Matti's Filipino Horror Episode to Come Out on HBO

It will be the first time the Philippines will be featured in Folklore.
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Acclaimed director Erik Matti is set to helm an episode of the HBO Asia anthology horror series Folklore. WarnerMedia has announced a second season for the Folklore anthology, this time with seven hour-long episodes focusing on tales from different parts of Asia. Included in the list are Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

A teaser for the upcoming season of Folklore.
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Director Erik Matti has helmed many horror works, including the 2019 hit Kuwaresma starring Sharon Cuneta.
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Folklore is all about taking the human condition and seeing what could happen when you mix it with the supernatural—a concept the Kuwaresma director Matti knows very well. So far, there are no official release dates yet but principal photography will begin in early 2021.

Aside from Matti's work, we can also look forward to episodes from Sittisiri Mongkolsiri of Thailand, Shih-Han Liao of Taiwan, Billy Christian of Indonesia, Nicole Midori Woodford of Singapore, and Bradley Liew of Malaysia to look forward to. Plus, Japanese pop singer-songwriter Seiko Matsuda will be making her directorial debut in Folklore.

"Folklore Season 2 will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming auteurs, each with distinct sensibilities, including two female directors from the region," said Magdalene Ew, WarnerMedia's regional head of entertainment in a statement. The first season of Folklore premiered in 2018 and featured six different horror stories from across Asia. You can stream the anthology on HBO Go while waiting for Matti's episode.

In case you need a reminder of Matti's style of suspense and horror, check out his 2012 short film entitled Vesuvius. The strictly no-dialogue work follows a man and his mundane life broken by the sudden apparition of what may or may not be the Virgin Mary. It was part of YOMYOMF Network’s Silent Terror online series and eventually became the germ for Seklusyon (2016). If the short gave you chills to last a few nights, then can you imagine what an hour-long episode could do?

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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