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The stories are scary, because they’re true!

Back for a second season, Amazon Prime Video’s Lore is the perfect Halloween treat, featuring 6 terrifying true stories, including a Hungarian Countess who bathes in the blood of virgins, and a narrative centered on Jack Parsons, the man who pioneered rocketry in America, but was also into some weird sex cult stuff too.

In anticipation of Lore’s Season 2 premiere, we have two exclusive photos for you in the gallery below, from the episodes “Prague Clock: The Curse of the Orloj” and “Burke and Hare: In the Name of Science.”

Lore’s first season, which we say is “both shocking and educational” in our review, Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the podcast the series is based on, narrated over a live-action dramatization of each story. In Season 2, however, Mahnke’s voice is absent, with the series focusing more on the drama and less on the podcast elements.

IGN spoke with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) about why the creators chose to go in this new direction. “Based on the feedback that we got from the first season, which people really enjoyed, but felt that following the podcast exactly, was a bit distracting,” Hurd explained. “And rather than having narration, they really wanted it to unfold in a way that follows one central story that’s completely character-driven.”

Lore Season 2 also features some impressive visual upgrades in terms of its cinematography and overall budget, which gives the show a more cinematic feel. “Amazon was hoping we were going to go more cinematic, with a greater scope, Hurd said. “As you can probably tell, they (Amazon) upped the budget this season, in service of much longer episodes.”

Hurd has been in the producing business for a long time, working on iconic films such as Terminator and Aliens. Now, she is overseeing several projects at once, with AMC’s The Walking Dead being chief among them. We wanted to know why she keeps picking sci-fi and horror projects to work on.

“I am attracted to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I love the opportunity to create new worlds. In everything, there is an insight into the human condition that you’re able to do with the life or death stakes that are much higher in horror. But I also love history. So Lore combines both, my absolute love of history, along with – the fact that these are true stories, along with the horror element.”

Lore Season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, October 19. 

David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He’s also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter.





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