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Spanish Horror Movies That’ll Keep You Up at Night

Posted on: April 25th, 2024

There’s no denying that Spanish filmmakers have always set the bar high when it comes to horror movies, and they don’t simply produce jump scares and cheap thrills. Well, that might an overstatement but then again, it doesn’t change the fact that Spanish horror movies are on a different level. There’s a reason Spanish horror films have garnered a cult following around the world. So if you’re looking for some horror movies in Spanish-language to keep you up at night, you’re in the perfect place.

We’ve spent countless hours watching Spanish TV and handpicked the horror films that have successfully kept us up at night. So, let’s cut to the chase and go over terrifying Spanish horror movies you won’t forget.

La Llorona (2019)
Do you believe in folklore? Legends of the wailing woman have haunted Latin America for centuries and this movie have brought this terrifying myth to life. La Llorona or the Weeping Woman has been regarded as one of the most chilling films out there. It’s all about social worker a social worker who stumbles upon a terrifying curse connected to a vengeful ghost – grief, rage, consequences, and losses. It received a whopping 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so be prepared for the worst. Otherwise, you’ll never want to hear a weeping sound ever again.

Piggy (2022)
Sara, also called cerdita or piggy by her bullies, an overweight teenager, is constantly bullied by a group of girls in her small Spanish town. One day, she sees these same girls get kidnapped by a stranger. Sara now has a secret: she knows who took them. This movie will circle around Sara’s difficult choice – tell the truth and risk losing her newfound power over the bullies, or keep quiet and protect the stranger who took them. If you’re planning to stream this movie, make sure to have a fast internet connection like the one from HughesNet so you can really enjoy the film.

Julia’s Eyes (2010)
Los ojos de Julia or Julia’s Eyes is one of the sharpest nailbiting thriller ever produced. It’s about Julia, a woman with a degenerative disease that’s making her go blind slowly. When her twin sister tragically takes her own life, Julia refuses to believe it was suicide. Julia decides to investigate her sister’s death herself despite her worsening vision. As she digs deeper, the line between reality and delusion blurs, which will leave you questioning everything you think you know.

Rec (2007)
If you’re into Spanish movies, you’ve probably heard of REC already. This movie is about a television reporter and her cameraman as they accompany firefighters to respond a call at an apartment building. However, things get terrifying when the building gets quarantine and something scary starts lurking within. The entire movie is shot in a shaky, found footage style so it can be a bit uncomfortable for some, but this style actually adds more depth to the film.

Since REC is a relatively old film, you can watch it on several streaming platforms, including Netflix. It’s also aired on other live TV platforms like DISH TV once in a while, but you might need to check which channels are showing this type of movie.

The Orphanage (2007)
Love motherhood stories? Well, The Orphanage might have you looking at a different side. It’s about Laura, an orphan who returned to the orphanage where she grew up after 30 years with her husband and 7-year old son. She’s hoping to reopen it as a home for sick children. During their stay, her son claimed that he already befriended a boy named Tomás, but there’s a twist: her son describes Tomás as wearing a creepy sack mask. Weird occurrences suddenly happen and her son mysteriously disappears, Laura’s search for the truth takes a horrifying turn.

The Bottom Line
There you have it, five Spanish horror films that will definitely keep you up at night. These films are just the beginning as there are still a lot of movies out there to be discovered. We’re pretty sure that if you combine horror and Spanish filmmakers, you’re guaranteed an extremely terrifying ride. Enjoy these movies and let us know what you think!

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