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Folklore Season 2 Will Feature Even More Nightmare Creatures from Asia

The second season is set to amp up the series’ “fear” aspect. 
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The early chills of November are finally here—and for some, the Halloween season’s not quite over yet. For any supernatural horror fans who are in the mood to hide under the covers and dive deep into a rabbit hole of true and (truly) terrifying stories all around Asia, the series Folklore is a great companion—and it’s coming this week. 

The HBO Asia Original horror anthology’s second season features seven episodes, each directed by a local director from a different part of Asia. Bringing a new perspective and style to the series, none of the filmmakers in this broadcast are the same as in the previous one.

Still, the series aims to keep its original harrowing charm. According to an interview with Variety, filmmaker Eric Khoo said, “As the feedback has been so positive for our anthology series, we will not deviate too much from season one, and will retain the famous ghouls of Asian folklore.”

As for the Philippine episode, they’ve chosen acclaimed director Erik Matti to take the helm. He’s best known for movies such as Buy Bust, On the Job, and On the Job: The Missing 8, all of which are critically acclaimed and have been shown in various international festivals. 

With such filmmakers tied to the show, this new season seems to be very promising. The first episode, which features a story about a Taiwanese schoolgirl and her dreams of meeting Ken, a famous musical artist. Her attending dreams of going to his concert are much like any typical teenage fangirl—simple enough, one would think. Things take a dark turn however when a shadowy figure follows her as she walks home the night after the concert. 

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More monsters and horrors will be featured in the rest of the season, which will focus on folklore from Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Matti's Philippine episode "7 Days of Hell" will air on December 5, featuring the well-known dangers of dealing with albularyos

Folklore season two will bring a number of talented Asian directors to the forefront, namely Shih Han Liao from Taiwan, Seiko Matsuda from Japan, Sittisiri Mongkolsiri from Thailand, Billy Christian from Indonesia, and Nicole Midori Woodford from Singapore. 

For more chilling stories to accompany your November nights, be sure to check out Folklore’s second season coming out this week on HBO Asia and HBO Go.

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