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The Creepy First Teaser for Amazon's Horror Podcast Adaptation Lore Keeps the Fear Alive

Image: Still via Youtube
Image: Still via Youtube

Last year, we learned that Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd’s next project would be an adaptation of Lore, the seminal horror podcast from Aaron Mahnke. Now, we’ve got a teeny look at the series, which so far, is very much leaning into its origin as a rather unsettling podcast.

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The teaser doesn’t show much other than some gorgeous animated visuals as Mahnke himself narrates an introduction to the podcast, waxing lyrical on how the folktale of our past has kept our fear of the weird and wonderful world of the supernatural alive for centuries. If you were wondering as to how Amazon would go about turning a podcast into a live-action TV series, this is probably a good indicator of at least some of their approach.

The six-part series—which will cover the real-life folk stories and history behind our most beloved supernatural icons, from werewolves to witches—will combine narration from Mahnke with documentary footage, mixed media sequences, and ultimately live-action shorts to bring the stories Mahnke has discussed on Lore since it first began back in 2015 to life. If the non-live-action sequences are going to look at whimsical and weird as this trailer implies, we’re going to be in for a spooky treat.

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Lore hits Amazon Prime Video on October 13.

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TheGuardLlama
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What I feel separates Lore from other paranormal/strange history non-fiction is how very little speculation Mahnke does. The show is basically “a bunch of people saw some extremely weird shit go down and we don’t know what happened and we probably never will due to there not being enough evidence or said people being really unreliable historians.” There’s no guy going “It was probably aliens!”. Sometimes history is just mysterious, strange and there’s not a lot you can do about it.

The second part I love is how Mahnke doesn’t forget the human element either. There’s a lot of death and disappearances in his stories but he’s always quick to remind that these tragic events happened to actual people. The circumstances around these events may be mysterious but the pain for the people that went through them was (and sometimes still is) very real.