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 »
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.
Votes: 6,631 | Gross: $6.10M
Selkie from Gael and Faroese folklore
3. Borgman (2013)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.
Votes: 14,972 | Gross: $0.06M
Alps (most likely) from German folklore
4. Rigor Mortis (2013)
Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Horror
A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.
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
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.
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 »
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
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.
Votes: 64,576 | Gross: $62.10M
Interesting take on mermaids.
8. Dogma (1999)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 200,850 | Gross: $30.65M
Interesting take on Christian mythology.
9. What Dreams May Come (1998)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tanuki from Japanese folklore
13. Kwaidan (1964)
Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.
Ghost stories from Japanese folklore
14. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 8,059 | Gross: $8.58M
16. Loch Ness (1996)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A scientist tries to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
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.
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
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.
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.
Including Fire Walk With Me and the new third season. Twin Peaks includes so much folklore from all over!
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
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
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.
Votes: 5,425 | Gross: $0.10M
The X-Files (1993–2018)
The Jersey Devil
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.
The X-Files (1993–2018)
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.
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.
29. The Ritual (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
30. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
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.
32. Willow Creek (2013)
Not Rated | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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 »
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.