‘Lore’ is an American horror anthology television series that is based on the podcast of the same name. The original podcast became famous for telling non-fiction scary stories. The podcast presented historical events and portrayed the darker side of human nature in a way that was akin to a campfire experience.
The series has been created by Aaron Mahnke, who was also behind the podcast. Mahnke is the developer of the series along with Gale Anne Hurd, Ben Silverman, and Howard Owens. The show blends documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell horror stories and their origins. It delves into folk-lore based scares which don’t just instill sleep-depriving terror but also resonates with the audience.
The show airs on Amazon Video, and first premiered on October 13, 2017. Coming to horror itself as a genre, it has always piqued our interest, be it in films or television shows. Even before an audio-visual medium, horror has continued to exist as an almost archetypal genre as far back as the memory goes. There have been instances where the genre has mutated to reflect social issues, to deal with more than just scares, and to go beyond and question more aspects which are most philosophical.
In our time, we have witnessed some of the best of classic and subversive horror, be it ‘The Exorcist‘ or ‘The Omen’, or ‘The Shining‘. In more recent times, we have had the ‘Conjuring‘ series, ‘Hereditary’, and Jordan Peele’s nuanced look at horror in both ‘Get Out‘ and ‘Us’. Anyhow, all this is to say that humans have always had an interest in the supernatural and the unknown, and we like hearing stories of such incidents, especially if they happen to be true incidents. This is where ‘Lore’ delivers since it brings the realm of the supernatural into our natural world, and sends a chilly sensation down our spines when we hear these stories. Naturally, fans have taken to the series immensely, and critics too have lauded it, saying, “It is a wonderful piece of entertainment for horror fans and casual viewers alike to learn more about the monsters we thought we knew so well.”
Lore Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Lore’ keeps changing as it is an anthology series and we see various cases being picked up over the seasons. However, the narrator is the same over the seasons, and that is Aaron Mahnke. Some of the popular cases that have been picked up has seen Holland Roden of ‘Teen Wolf‘ fame appearing in the role of Bridget Cleary, an Irishwoman who was murdered brutally by her husband in 1895. Notably, the husband claimed that she had been abducted by fairies and a changeling had been left in her place.
Adam Goldberg who has appeared in numerous films and shows like ‘Dazed and Confused‘, ‘Saving Private Ryan‘, ‘Zodiac‘, and ‘Taken‘, appears in the role of Peter Stumpp. Peter was a German farmer who was accused of a wide range of deeds including witchcraft, of being a werewolf, and of cannibalism. He was called the ‘Werewolf of Bedburg’. There are several other characters who bring a degree of complexity to the stories.