Specters of postcolonialism in HBO’s Folklore


  • Piotr Wajda Uniwersytet Gdański



Słowa kluczowe:

horror, folklore, folk horror, Asian folklore, Wewe gombel, Pob, post-colonial


This paper aims to present the Asian take on the folk horror subgenre. The author focuses on the HBO-produced anthology Folklore (2018–), which states the starting point for further analyses. Wajda starts by pointing to difficulties in defining ‚folk horror’ and its meaning for the development of global cinemas. The author describes and compares different approaches to this term and takes a closer look at relations between horror, its literary beginnings, and folk stories filled with grim and gruesome events. Concerning the above, Wajda observes that folk horror was primarily associated with British cinema in the late 1960s and 1970s, later developing into other countries. Furthermore, the author compares British folk horror with the new themes on the Asian ground presented in Folklore. Wajda points out that the current cycle of folk horror is a global phenomenon successfully adopted by Asian filmmakers.


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Jak cytować

Wajda, P. (2022). Specters of postcolonialism in HBO’s Folklore. Panoptikum, (28), 86–97. https://doi.org/10.26881/pan.2022.28.05