Cucuy: The Boogeyman – USA, 2018

‘You better behave’ Cucuy: The Boogeyman is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film written, produced and directed by Peter Sullivan (The Sandman; Ominous; High School Possession; Summoned). The Hybrid/Production …

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Ogopogo – mythical creature

In Canadian folklore, the Ogopogo or Naitaka (Salish: n’ha-a-itk, “lake demon”) is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. The Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most …

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The Incubus Studio – China, 2017

The Incubus Studio – aka Fright Studio and 画室惊魂 – is a 2017 Chinese supernatural horror feature film directed by Xing Bo. The movie stars Luo Xiang, Yang Xin, Chen Meixing, Peng Bo, …

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Popobawa – folklore

The Popobawa (or Popo Bawa) is a mythical cryptid originating in Eastern Africa, specifically in and around the Tanzanian area. Popobawa is an alleged evil shape-shifting being which is said …

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Hagazussa – Austria, Germany, 2017

‘A gothic folk tale’ Hagazussa aka Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse is a 2017 Austrian-German horror feature film directed by Lukas Feigelfeld. It marks Feigelfeld’s graduating feature from the Berlin-based …

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Chupacabra – urban myth

The chupacabra or chupacabras – literally “goat-sucker”; from “chupar“, “to suck”, and “cabra“, “goat” – is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported …

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Strigoi – folklore

In Romanian mythology, strigoi (English: striga, poltergeist) are the troubled souls of the dead rising from the grave. Some strigoi can be living people with certain magical properties. Some of the …

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Krasue – folklore female spirits

The Krasue (Thai: กระสือ), known as Ahp (Khmer: អាប) in Cambodia and as Kasu in Laos, is a nocturnal female spirit of Southeast Asian folklore. It manifests itself as a woman, …

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Enfield Monster – folklore

The Enfield Monster refers to reports of an unidentified creature around Enfield, Illinois, United States in April 1973. The reports were covered by the news media at the time, with …

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Nachzehrer – folklore

A nachzehrer is a form of vampire found in Germanic and Polish regions including Silesia and Bavaria, which also exhibits behaviour displayed by ghouls. The name translates as “after (nach) …

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Ghoul – folklore

A ghoul is a folkloric monster or evil spirit associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh, often classified as undead. The oldest surviving literature that mentions ghouls is likely One …

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Baba Yaga – folklore

“That’s not my mother’s voice I hear. I think that Baba Yaga’s near!” Baba Yaga is a recurrent figure in East European folklore, usually as a single entity though sometimes …

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Kappa – Japanese folklore

Kappa (河童, “river-child”), alternatively called Kawatarō (川太郎, “river-boy”), Komahiki (“horse puller”), or Kawako (川子, “river-child”), are a yōkai (a class of supernatural monster) found in Japanese folklore, and also a cryptid. Their name comes from a mixture of the word “kawa” …

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Orang Minyak – folklore

The Orang Minyak is one of a number of Malay ghost myths. Orang Minyak literally means oily man in Malay. According to one legend, popularised in the 1956 film Sumpah Orang Minyak (The Curse of the Oily Man) …

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The Devil’s Tramping Ground – folklore

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a camping spot located in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area near Bennett, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which …

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Krampus – Yuletide folklore creature

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and Hungary thought to punish children during the Yuletide season who had misbehaved, essentially the moral opposite of Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with …

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Kraken – folklore sea monsters

Kraken are legendary sea monsters of giant proportions said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, …

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