Have you cycled through all the horror films in your personal collection? Sure, you could fire up The Nightmare on Elm Street again, give the Scream franchise another try, or even finally get around to re-watching Fede Alvarez‘s Don’t BreatheBut maybe you’re hankering for some non-Anglo scares? After all, there’s plenty of horror fare coming from Spain and Latin America that deserves your attention. And given the current wealth of streaming services, you can find many of them right online for your viewing pleasure. Or, okay, maybe not “pleasure” considering these flicks are bound to make you jump on your seat and force you sleep with the lights on.

Here at Remezcla, we decided to help you curate your very own Spanish-language Horror Fest. We scoured the web to find you streamable choices that go beyond the usual suspects. From creepy ghost stories in haunted mansions to gory incestuous thrills, as well as classic flicks like Drácula and Guillermo del Toro‘s El espinazo del diablo – consider these lucky 13 movies the perfect way to spend your nights this Octubre.

1

Drácula

Production Year 1931

Available to stream on the Internet Library

Synopsis

In 1930, while Tod Browning was directing Bela Lugosi in Hollywood’s first horror talkie film, another cast and crew would take over the sets at night to shoot their own version of the same movie in Spanish. The cast and crew hailed from Spain, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Mexican director Enrique Tovar Ávalos was uncredited in favor of his American co-director George Melford, who couldn’t speak Spanish. Since it was filmed at night after Tod Browning wrapped for the day, the Spanish version’s crew had access to dailies, which they were able to improve upon. The Spanish-language Drácula starring Lupita Tovar is considered vastly superior to the original by film critics.


Film Details

Director Enrique Tovar Ávalos George Melford
Country United States
Genre Horror
Producer Paul Kohner
Production Year 1931
Running Time 149 minutes
2

El espinazo del diablo

Country Mexico
Production Year 2001

Available to stream on YouTube

Synopsis

Guillermo del Toro’s now classic gothic horror film is the kind of ghost story that can scare the pants off anyone who watches it. Set during Spain’s Civil War and brimming with the kind of historical commentary that so characterizes the best of the Mexican director’s projects, The Devil’s Backbone is set at an all boys orphanage that bears the distinction of featuring a defused bomb in the middle of their courtyard. When Carlos, whose dad died fighting the fascists, arrives and strikes up an unlikely friendship with the ghost of a boy who went missing the day the bomb appeared, the place’s mysteries and secrets begin to spill in ever more disturbing ways.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
The Devil's Backbone
Director Guillermo del Toro
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Antonio Trashorras David Muñoz Guillermo del Toro
Producer Bertha Navarro Agustín Almodóvar
Production Year 2001
Running Time 106 minutes
3

Ahí va el diablo

Country Mexico
Production Year 2012

Available to stream on Amazon

Synopsis

Rule number one of filmmaking: certain words in the title will automatically make your film sound cool, such as ‘hustle’, ‘pulp’ or anything with an X in it. When applied to normal (i.e. non-horror) films, ‘devil’ falls under this category, with Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead or Ride with the Devil both pricking the hipster consciousness before failing to live up to their epic titles. But stick ‘devil’ in a horror film and it just sounds clichéd. Like Los Sin Nombre, disappearing/reappearing children are at the heart of the Madrileño, Adrián García Bogliano’s film, as a hitherto happy couple idiotically lose their kids near some mountainside caves. The brats soon turn up but are exhibiting some pretty disturbing changes. Are they possessed by Satan?  Or have they just had too many Skittles. Either way, it seems like some lessons in responsible parenting wouldn’t go amiss.

Nick MacWilliam

Film Details
Here Comes the Devil
Director Adrián García Bogliano
Country Mexico
Writer Adrián García Bogliano
Producer Andrea Quiroz
Production Year 2012
Running Time 97 minutes
4

Veneno para las hadas

Country Mexico
Production Year 1984

Available to stream on YouTube

Synopsis

Two young girls are drawn into a dark fantasy world of witchcraft and evil spirits—but what begins as make believe soon turns sinister. Winner of the Golden Ariel (the Mexican Oscar) for Best Picture and a favorite of Guillermo del Toro for its creepily poetic, child’s-eye imagery (with adults kept conspicuously out of frame), this slow-burn study in psychological suspense explores the most disturbing realms of childhood imagination.


Film Details
Poison for the Fairies
Director Carlos Enrique Taboada
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Carlos Enrique Taboada
Producer Héctor López
Production Year 1984
Running Time 90 minutes
5

Canoa

Director Felipe Cazals
Country Mexico
Production Year 1976

Available to stream on Vudu

Synopsis

A group of young men on a hiking trip are shockingly and brutally besieged by the residents of a rural village when a local priest accuses them of being communist subversives. This true-life tale of terror is a landmark of Mexican political cinema, standing as a tragically relevant exposé of how xenophobia and ignorance can be marshaled into unthinkable violence.


Film Details
Canoa: A Shameful Memory
Director Felipe Cazals
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Tomás Pérez Turrent
Production Year 1976
Running Time 115 minutes
6

El espejo de la bruja

Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Production Year 1962

Available to stream on YouTube

Synopsis

Undead witches, severed hands, plastic surgery horrors… Something like a Mexican Eyes Without a Face, this surrealist chiller is a wild spiral into no-holds-barred delirium. The story—about a witch who is murdered by her husband and returns to take gruesome revenge upon his new wife—unfolds in a torrent of searing, floridly expressionistic images.


Film Details
The Witch’s Mirror
Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Alfredo Ruanova Carlos Enrique Taboada
Producer Abel Salazar
Production Year 1962
Running Time 75 minutes
7

Sudor frío

Country Argentina
Production Year 2010

Available to stream on Amazon

Synopsis

A horror film from the Spanish born Adrián García Bogliano, Cold Sweat follows Román (Espinosa), who stumbles upon his ex-girlfriend Jackie (Velasco), who has somehow gotten caught up in a torture cult run by two sadistic, old men. The aging political radicals have managed to put Jackie’s life in incredible danger by threatening her with explosive nitroglycerin. When Román and his friend Ali (Glezer) try to help Jackie out of her confines, the elderly psychos prove to be more than meets the eye. Imagine Saw with an AARP member as the killer.

Kiko Martinez

Film Details
Cold Sweat
Director Adrián García Bogliano
Country Argentina
Writer Ramiro García Bogliano Hernán Moyano Adrián García Bogliano
Producer Andrea Quiroz
Production Year 2010
Running Time 90 minutes
8

Cronos

Country Mexico
Production Year 1993

Available to stream on Kanopy

Synopsis

When an aging antiques dealer (Luppi) comes into possession of an ancient scarab, the device imparts to him the seemingly enviable gift of everlasting life—but also awakens a newfound thirst for blood. Heavily indebted to the traditions of Mexican horror cinema, Guillermo del Toro’s darkly stylish feature debut uses the vampire myth as a springboard to explore complex ideas of human weakness, religion, and immortality.


Film Details

Director Guillermo del Toro
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Guillermo del Toro
Producer Arthur Gorson Bertha Navarro
Production Year 1993
Running Time 94 minutes
9

Madre

Director Aaron Burns
Country Chile
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on Netflix

Synopsis

Diana (Daniela Ramirez), a pregnant woman with an absent husband, is feeling overwhelmed taking care of her first-born child, Martin (Matias Bassi), who has developmental disabilities. Nearing her breaking point, she hires a Filipino nanny, Luz (Aida Jabolin), who, at first, turns out to be a blessing for the family, especially since Martin’s behavioral problems seem to improve while he is under Luz’s care. However, Diana begins to wonder if her new employee is using her status inside the family to turn Martin against her. Motherhood is at stake when another matriarch comes into the house and disturbs the domestic hierarchy.

Kiko Martinez

Film Details
Mother
Director Aaron Burns
Country Chile
Genre Thriller
Writer Aaron Burns
Producer Miguel Asensio Llamas Nicolás López
Production Year 2016
Running Time 95 minutes
10

Archivo 253

Director Abe Rosenberg
Country Mexico
Production Year 2015

Available to stream on Netflix

Synopsis

Shot in the vein of The Blair of Witch Project, this found footage Mexican film follows a group of paranormal investigators as they break into a recently closed and abandoned insane asylum that they believe is rife with supernatural activity. In between the whispers of exorcisms and the kind of frights only a night light shot of a creepy hallway, Abe Rosenberg’s film proves that yes, there’s only one possible outcome for this kind of story.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Abe Rosenberg
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Joseph Hemsani Abe Rosenberg
Producer Claudio Sodi Zapata Joseph Hemsani Abe Rosenberg
Production Year 2015
Running Time 79 minutes
11

México bárbaro

Country Mexico
Production Year 2014

Available to stream on Netflix

Synopsis

Eight tales featuring boogeymen, trolls, demons, ghosts, zombies, and Mayan imps from Mexico’s darkest legends make up this horror anthology.


Film Details
12

Tenemos la carne

Country Mexico
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on Shudder

Synopsis

Set in an apocalyptic alternate universe, We Are the Flesh follows a brother-sister duo who happen upon the filthy lair of a diabolical hermit, and quickly fall under his utterly demented spell. With action confined to the hermit’s squalid residence, explicit scenes of incest and body gore ensue, with shots of soppy, ground-up human flesh complimented by more unconscionable taboos like drinking your sibling’s menstrual blood.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details
We Are The Flesh
Director Emiliano Rocha Minter
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Emiliano Rocha Minter
Producer Emiliano Rocha Minter Moisés Cosío Julio Chavezmontes
Production Year 2016
Running Time 79 minutes
13

La casa del fin de los tiempos

Country Venezuela
Production Year 2013

Available to stream on Vudu

Synopsis

Touted as the first horror film produced in Venezuela, Alejandro Hidalgo’s creepy ghost-like story follows Dulce, a mother of two who keeps experiencing disturbing and seemingly supernatural encounters in her (obviously old and creaky) house. Thirty years later—after being imprisoned for the murder of her husband—she returns to her home to decipher the mystery of what really happened there all those years ago that drove her to such violent ends.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
The House at the End of Time
Director Alejandro Hidalgo
Country Venezuela
Genre Thriller Horror
Writer Alejandro Hidalgo
Production Year 2013
Running Time 101 minutes