Folklore (usually creatures - seen)

by Pantstrovich | created - 07 Jun 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Obviously a lot of things could go under folklore, like all vampire movies and so on, so I am only listing interesting ones that contain actual elements of folklore and not just stuff made up for movies.

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1. Thale (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods. When Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Nordaas | Stars: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, Morten Andresen

Votes: 5,319

Hulder from Scandinavian folklore

2. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 6,631 | Gross: $6.10M

Selkie from Gael and Faroese folklore

3. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 14,972 | Gross: $0.06M

Alps (most likely) from German folklore

4. Rigor Mortis (2013)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Horror

53 Metascore

A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.

Director: Juno Mak | Stars: Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Fat Chung, Chun-Man Ko

Votes: 5,174

Various Chinese folklore surrounding death (such as a hopping vampire) - I thought it was quite cool.

5. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 576,342 | Gross: $10.06M

Based on various Japanese folklore

6. The Gingko Bed (1996)

88 min | Fantasy, Romance, Action

Su-Hyun, a 30-year-old art lecturer and his girlfriend, Sun-Young have lived a peaceful life until he comes across an antique wooden bed made from gingko tree and gets pursued by the ghost ... See full summary »

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Jang-soo Bae, Hee-kyung Jin, Sun-kyung Kim

Votes: 344

I'm not sure how closely any of this follows any Korean folklore, but it is an interesting ghost/reincarnation movie.

7. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 64,576 | Gross: $62.10M

Interesting take on mermaids.

8. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 200,850 | Gross: $30.65M

Interesting take on Christian mythology.

9. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

44 Metascore

Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 97,196 | Gross: $55.49M

Interesting take on the afterlife.

10. Aragami (2003)

78 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A raging god of battle and a master samurai duke it out in a series of sword fights in a remote temple.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Masaya Katô, Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi

Votes: 2,022

Tengu from Japanese folklore

11. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 10,646 | Gross: $23.72M

Interesting take on Santa Claus.

12. Pom Poko (1994)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki

Votes: 20,076

Tanuki from Japanese folklore

13. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,367

Ghost stories from Japanese folklore

14. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 83,166 | Gross: $76.41M

Various aspects of Greek/Roman mythology

15. High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg, Donal McCann

Votes: 8,059 | Gross: $8.58M

Ghosts

16. Loch Ness (1996)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A scientist tries to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

Director: John Henderson | Stars: Ted Danson, Joely Richardson, Ian Holm, Harris Yulin

Votes: 3,923

Loch Ness Monster from Scottish folklore

17. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999)

44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hercules, aided by his best friend Iolaus, goes on many adventures helping people and slaying mythical monsters using his half-god strength.

Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith, Robert Trebor

Votes: 25,824

A bunch of stuff from Greek mythology, however the accuracy of the mythology varies; especially in later seasons.

18. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 19,978 | Gross: $0.03M

Djinn from Middle Eastern mythologies

19. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 159,276

Including Fire Walk With Me and the new third season. Twin Peaks includes so much folklore from all over!

20. Twin Peaks (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 46,546

21. Tyll the Giant (1980)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

An Estonian folk tale about Tõll, the giant hero who lived on the Baltic Sea island of Saaremaa.

Director: Rein Raamat

Votes: 206

22. Barbarous Mexico (2014)

Not Rated | 114 min | Horror

Eight Mexican directors unite to bring tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life.

Directors: Isaac Ezban, Laurette Flores Bornn, Jorge Michel Grau, Ulises Guzman, Edgar Nito, Lex Ortega, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto | Stars: Guillermo Villegas, Marco Zapata, Antonio Monroi, Fermín Ramírez

Votes: 749

Alux from Mayan cultures, and possibly other things, but I haven't found a decent explaination of most of the shorts yet.

23. The Lure (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 5,425 | Gross: $0.10M

24. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Jersey Devil (1993)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years.

Director: Joe Napolitano | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Claire Stansfield, Wayne Tippit

Votes: 4,316

25. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Shapes (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A creature, possibly from Native American lore, is suspected of killing a man, bringing Mulder and Scully to the Indian reservation where the attack occurred in order to uncover its identity.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Ty Miller, Michael Horse

Votes: 3,368

26. Leprechaun (1993)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.

Director: Mark Jones | Stars: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton

Votes: 21,474 | Gross: $8.56M

27. American Gods (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki

Votes: 66,060

28. Tales of the First People, Vol I: Spirit Tales (2016)

Animation

A collection of Aboriginal creation myths from the creators of the multiple-award-winning Raven Tales television series.

Director: Chris Kientz

Votes: 5

29. The Ritual (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner | Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton

Votes: 61,708

30. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 30,231 | Gross: $1.51M

31. Tales from the Dark 1 (2013)

114 min | Horror

This film tells three different horror stories. The first consist of a men who steals urns for money, the second about a fortune teller running from ghosts and the third presents the relationship between two unusual woman.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Chi-Ngai Lee, Simon Yam | Stars: Simon Yam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Kelly Chen, Susan Yam-Yam Shaw

Votes: 457

32. Willow Creek (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend - the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson, Laura Montagna, Bucky Sinister

Votes: 9,676

33. The Abominable Snowman (1957)

85 min | Adventure, Horror

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis

Votes: 3,239

34. Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (1976)

G | 102 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

Scientists mount an expedition to find a Bigfoot-type creature.

Director: Ed Ragozzino | Stars: George Lauris, Steve Boergadine, Jim Bradford, Ken Kenzle

Votes: 534

35. Exists (2014)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.

Director: Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Samuel Davis, Dora Madison, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn

Votes: 7,637

36. Blood Moon (II) (2014)

90 min | Horror, Thriller, Western

A stagecoach of travelers, a gunslinger and two outlaws arrive in a deserted mining town lit by the glow of a reddish full moon. As their worlds collide, they are hunted by a beast that only appears on the night of a blood moon.

Director: Jeremy Wooding | Stars: George Blagden, Tom Cotcher, Barrington De La Roche, Raffaello Degruttola

Votes: 716

37. Ezra (2017)

147 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A newly married woman brings an antique Jewish box into her home, unaware that the box contains the ghost of Abraham Ezra.

Director: Jay.k | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priya Anand, Tovino Thomas, Sujith Sankar

Votes: 2,108

38. The Ghost Bride (2017)

111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After receiving an unusual business proposal, a young woman experiences strange phenomena.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Kim Chiu, Matteo Guidicelli, Christian Bables, Alice Dixson

Votes: 114 | Gross: $0.07M



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