US TV series ‘Grimm’ features scariest monster yet–the ‘Aswang’


The NBC show “Grimm” in its TWitter account gave a sneak peak of what appears to be their version of the Filipino folk creature “aswang.” Screengrab from Grimm’s official Twitter account (@NBCGrimm)

MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino folk creature “aswang” would make its appearance in NBC’s fantasy-detective series “Grimm” – and it may even be scarier than Filipinos imagined it.

When Filipinos here see the “aswang” as a vampire-like shape shifter that feeds on the unborn, the hit series made it even more twisted – a bald, pale creature with sharp claws and skull-shaped face. The show’s official Twitter account gives its viewers a look.

The show’s producers said the “aswang” may be the scariest creature they featured in the show.

“It’s the scariest Wesen ever,” executive producer Jim Kouf said in an interview at “Entertainment Weekly.” “Wesen” is the German word for creatures.

It is not coincidental that the idea for “aswang” came from the show’s Filipino actor – Reggie Valdez who plays the role of Sergeant Wu, the sarcastic cop from Portland who works with show’s main characters detective Nick and Hank.

Valdez was born in Quezon city, Philippines and took on the screen name Reggie Lee after being cast for Hispanic instead of Asian roles.

“The creators are so wonderfully collaborative. They actually came to me and said, ‘Do you know any of – do you know any Filipino folklore?’ I said, ‘Yes. We have actually quite a bit,’” Lee said in an interview with Broadway

“And so I gave them a list and it included the aswang — which is probably the most popular one in Filipino folklore,” he added.

Lee said Filipinos he knows “are excited about it.” “I mean how often really do you get a Filipino storyline in a show? Not very often. I can’t think of any. So how great for them to really focus on that,” he said.

In the episode titled “Mother Dearest,” Lee said his character would help a couple who just moved from the Philippines to Portland. The woman is an ex-girlfriend of Lee’s character, he said in an interview with

The aswang followed the couple who was expecting a child, Lee said.

“Grimm” features detectives Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) who help guard the world from mythological creatures called Wesen. The show is inspired by the German authors Brothers Grimm famous for its collection of folklore.


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  • BCon

    Actually, the “manannggal” is a more interesting and truly uniquely Philippine evil creature. It has no counterpart in any part of the world.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree..

      and the writers wont have a hard time trying to explain how the manananggal followed the couple to Portland since it wont need a plane ticket to do so.. heheh.

      yun nga lang di manananggal would be leaving its “other half” in the philippines.

      • Deebeedee

        Pahirapan ang uwi!!! What if there’s no catch for the day, good luck flying back! Award!

    • porkwad

      All of them are scary. Hands down.

  • Notnot123

    How about those guys in the senate and congress? Mas nakakatakot sila di ba? Dapat ba folklore lang?

  • kunsabagay

    sa opisina namin may isang playboy kuno nang aaswang ng mga chicks lol

  • Nona Meyet

    “Valdez was born in Quezon city, Philippines and took on the screen name
    Reggie Lee after being cast for Hispanic instead of Asian roles.”

    I don’t get it. Why change his surname when Valdez is in fact, a Spanish surname, and he’s getting more Hispanic roles. “Lee” is more commonly associated as an English surname or an East Asian one.

    But that’s good that they feature Filipino folklore.

    • DestronLeader

      Because when casting agents see his surname, they automatically think he’s Hispanic. And when they call him, they see an Asian who looks more Chinese than Hispanic, both realize their mistake.

    • brownmj

      Because he doesn’t look Hispanic. It’s confusing for the casting agents, who mostly assume a persons name should go with their looks.

    • abudahbi

      The statement is not confusing….what is hard to understand?

  • Deebeedee

    I got it upon first reading. Why is it confusing?

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