With less than a week to go before the series premiere, attendees at this year's New York Comic Con were given a chance to confront some of the real-life horrors that await them in Amazon's new horror anthology series Lore. Based on Aaron Mahnke's award-winning podcast that uses a "campfire/scary stories" structure to examine the dark side of human nature with non-fiction, historical accurate events that have been researched by Mahnke, Lore is set to premiere on the streaming giant on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Okay…enough with the set-up…let's get to the creepy stuff!
So the tour of the "museum" began with an audio overview of Lore (with some new scenes) and what viewers can expect over the course of the first six episodes. Video was well-done, giving a sense of what to expect from the series without giving away too much about the stories (though if you're a fan of the podcast, you'll be watching to see if they got it right):
Okay, they've got me feeling a little uneasy as they escort us around the corner and into the next room. This is one of those times when the logical part of your brain tells you that it's just an interactive promotional, but the part of your brain that's currently in charge starts creating scenarios in your head like, "What if the actors went nuts and decided to go to town on us?" and things like that. But I digress…though did I mention that dolls creep me out? Yeah…
Okay…I'm diggin' this. Creepy but not outright scary…setting a good tone as we make our way to the second room. Here's a non-spoiler hint: "mirror, mirror, on the wall…":
Okay…that one got to me a little more. I think it was the combination of the mirrors and that mirror trick, and her casual invasion of my personal space that did it. Impressive, Amazon…but let's see if you can keep things going as we make our way to the third and final room:
I really like the way our "museum tour" ended. While it wasn't as eerily disturbing as the second room, the lead actor was really on-point and giving attendees the chance to pose at the dinner table for a souvenir pic was a particularly nice touch. When we left, each of us was given a Lore mini notebook and flashlight for "surviving" the experience.
All-in-all, one of the best and most unique displays that I've gone through at NYCC in quite some time. If you're looking for "gore horror" then maybe it wasn't for you; but if you're into more of a Hammer Films-type vibe, then it was definitely worth a visit.
"Based on the podcast phenomenon and narrated by creator Aaron Mahnke, this haunting six-episode anthology series is brought to life by the executive producer of The Walking Dead and the executive producer of The X-Files. Throughout history, fear was best kept buried. But folklore opens the door, allowing stories to creep inside and haunt us. The scariest stories are true. Stream October 13, 2017.
This anthology series brings to life Aaron Mahnke's 'Lore' podcast and uncovers the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. Blending dramatic scenes, animation, archive and narration, Lore reveals how our horror legends – such as vampires, werewolves and body snatchers – are rooted in truth."
In less than three years, Lore has earned a number of awards, including iTunes Best of 2015 Award; and Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in July 2016. Both The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly listed the show as a top podcast in 2016.
The cast for this season of Lore includes Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. The series hails from executive producers Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Gale Anne Hurd, Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Glen Morgan, Jon Halperin and Mark Mannucci. Lore is produced by Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, with Mahnke serving as a co-executive producer.