After all we have experienced this 2020, nothing could scare us anymore. However, these five Spanish-language horror movies could make your hair stand on end, as you enjoy social distancing.
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Today, Guillermo del Toro is a renowned film director, but his best works are perhaps those he made without fear at the beginning of the 21st century. Together with the Almodovar brothers’ company El Deseo, this Mexican takes us to an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War, where several Republicans (enemies of Francisco Franco’s regime) served as teachers to take refuge from the dictatorship. Everything in the place will be fine until Carlos, one of the orphans, discovers a ghost that will guide him to find a dark desire, just when Franco’s army is heading for the place.
Okay, maybe talking about viruses in a horror movie isn’t the best idea for Halloween in 2020, but if we’re going to be scared, let’s do it with a script that makes sense.
Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, REC has become a cult film among horror fans – to the point of becoming a series of four films that have delighted viewers since 2007.
The story follows reporter Ángela Vidal and her cameraman, Pablo, as they cover the night shift at one of Barcelona’s local fire stations. The firefighters receive a call about an older woman locked in her apartment screaming, and Angela and Pablo join them to follow the event. Contaminated with a virus that turns the host into a bloodthirsty animal, Angela, and her colleagues are quickly caught up in a horrific situation that has become the best Spanish horror film ever made.
The Orphanage (2007)
Continuing with classic Spanish horror films, we cannot forget The Orphanage, also from 2007, directed by J. A. Bayona, and starring Belén Rueda. Laura (Rueda) returns to her childhood home, an orphanage she plans to turn into a home for disabled children until the disappearance of her adopted son Simon changes the plot.
Although Sergio G. Sánchez wrote the script in 1996, Bayona’s eye transformed it into his debut feature and a piece that marked the history of Spanish cinema.
The Mute House (2010)
Directed by Gustavo Hernández, La Casa Muda is an Uruguayan horror film that saw the light in 2010 and brought to the big screen a true story that took place in the 1940s. Although there are no records of the events, this small-budget film immerses us in a reality from which we cannot escape. The film tells the story of Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father, who arrive at a cabin in a remote area to repair it. Once the owner tells them that the second level is unstable and that it is not safe to climb the stairs, Laura and her father decide to spend the night there. A murder and several leaps in time make this a must-see movie.
The Incident (2014)
For lovers of science fiction thrillers, the work of Mexican director Isaac Ezban falls like a glove. This Halloween, perhaps the ideal is to see El Incidente (2014) and Los Parecidos (2015), one after the other. In the former, after tragedy strikes, two different groups of people find themselves stuck in their current location, unable to escape an endlessly repeated path and a never-ending stairway. In the second, set in 1968, Mexico, another group of eight people begins to experience a strange phenomenon on a rainy morning while waiting for a bus to Mexico City.