Halloween is a chance to channel your favorite celebrity with a killer costume, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and eat a lot of chocolate candy guilt-free. But if you're anything like us, you appreciate the spookier side of the holiday as well. Grab some popcorn, a blanket, and a friend to cuddle with...these 10 Spanish-language horror films will have you on the edge of your seat!
Rec follows a television reporter who covers the night shift at one of Barcelona’s local fire stations. When they receive a call about an old woman trapped in her apartment, the firemen and camera crew respond to the scene...and become trapped in a dark apartment with something terrifying. The Spanish thriller uses “shaky camera” technique to give audience the impression that they’re watching found footage -- hence the name, which is short for Record.
The Nameless: (Los Sin Nombre)
When a mother receives a call from her dead daughter, she embarks on a mission to find her...and stumbles upon a diabolic sect that claims to know the essence of pure evil.
The Silent House (La Casa Muda)
Shot in one continuous shot, this Uruguayan horror flick is 50% psychological thriller, 50% haunted house film, and 100% terrifying. Set in a small village in Uruguay, the film follows Laura and her father as they spent the night in an isolated cottage...it doesn’t take long for Laura to discover that the house has a chilling secret.
The Devils Backbone: (El Espinazo Del Diablo)
When Carlos is forced into a creepy boy’s orphanage after his father is killed in the Spanish Civil War, he uncovers a chilling secret...and becomes haunted by an unrelenting ghost named Santi who continually warns him: “Many of you will die.” Don’t watch this movie if you have any plans of getting a good night’s rest...
Julia’s Eyes: (Los Ojos Del Julia)
Two twin sisters suffer from a degenerative eye disorder which causes them to gradually lose their sight. When one of them kills herself, Julia embarks on a mission to investigate her sister’s mysterious boyfriend...and discovers someone is following her...someone she can’t even see.
The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
If creepy ghost children scare you silly, this is not the movie for you. A woman moves her family back to her childhood home -- a former orphanage for handicapped children. Soon, ghosts of the children begin to haunt her family...and eventually, they take her son.
Sleep Tight: (Mientras Duermes)
Do you feel safe in your own apartment building? Maybe you shouldn’t. This creepy film tells the tale of Cesar, an apartment concierge, who attempts to make a young woman in his building mentally breakdown. Sleep tight...and make sure to lock your doors at night.
Pan’s Labryinth: (El Laberinto Del Fauno)
If horror movies scare you silly, Pan’s Labryinth is a chilling option that everyone can enjoy. Set in fascist Spain, the film follows a young girl who escapes from her stepfather -- a ruthless, sadistic army officer -- into an eerie fantasy world.
Ranked among the best vampire films of all time, Cronos was one of Guillermo Del Toro’s first attempts at tapping into the horror market. When an antique dealer accidentally unlocks a mechanism that grants eternal life, his life takes a turn for the dark side...and soon he finds himself morphing into inhuman creature.
Juan of the Dead:
Can’t handle horror flicks but still want to get into the Halloween spirit? Juan of the Dead provides a few scares and a lot of laughs. Juan, a 40-year-old who has accomplished very little in his life, begins to notice that people in Cuba are “going crazy”, killing people and eating their flesh. He decides to capitalize on the zombie revolution and start a business with the slogan: “Juan of the Dead: We kill your loved ones. How can we help you today?”