6 Spanish Films I Like and I think You Will Too

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6 Spanish horror movies you need to see


Sequels, spin-offs, and American remakes of this movie have come and gone, but none match the impact of the film that started it all. Released in 2007, [Rec] provides impeccable execution of a beloved horror trope—being trapped with flesh-eating undead.

A found footage gem, the story begins with a television crew shadowing firefighters to document their daily lives. Their routine assignment takes a terrifying turn when they respond to a distress call at a residential building. Soon, they find themselves trapped inside the quarantined building, facing an unknown and deadly threat.

Whether you call them zombies or the living dead, they are relentless, fast, and hungry. Journalist Angela Vidal fights for survival as she delves deeper into the building's mysteries, uncovering secrets hidden by authorities.

The movie has earned quite a cult following, and while the subsequent sequels never quite match the original's brilliance, they are still worth watching as well. [Rec on IMDB]

The Orphanage

Laura (played by Belén Rueda) spent her childhood in an orphanage, and now returns as an adult to convert it into a safe haven for abandoned children. When Laura's son, Simon (portrayed by Roger Princep), befriends invisible playmates, his parents initially dismiss it as childhood imagination.

But, when Simon vanishes, Laura pins her hopes on these unseen companions to locate him. Driven by love, Laura confronts her deepest fears, determined to unveil the dark secrets hidden within the once-happy walls.

The Orphanage is a strangely touching tale, that delivers the frights as well as a gripping story. [The Orphanage on IMDB]

Sleep Tight

Jaume Balaguero, known for the above mentioned [Rec] series, takes a different approach in this film, where the horror stems from your traditional psychopath.

This film is tense and atmospheric and the pacing is subtle, gradually intensifying beneath the surface until you realize you've been drawn into a whirlwind of pure insanity.

Cesar (played by Luis Tosar) initially appearing almost sympathetic, drawing you into his petty schemes. He confesses to never having experienced happiness, finding solace only in inflicting misery upon others. As the concierge of a residential building, he derives pleasure from causing suffering—whether it's tormenting a lonely elderly woman's pets or unjustly sending a young man to jail.

His fixation on Clara (portrayed by Marta Etura) though proves to be his greatest challenge. Despite her sunny disposition, Clara remains resilient, refusing to yield to Cesar's torment. Undeterred, Cesar employs some menacing tactics to invade Clara's life. [Sleep Tight on IMDB]

Julia's Eyes

Using blindness as a horror element is not a novel concept, as evidenced by previous films like The Eye and its American adaptation. Julia's Eyes though explores this theme to its fullest extent, evoking the terror of losing a sense without resorting to a complete blackout.

The story begins with Julia's sister, Sara (both portrayed by Belén Rueda), who becomes convinced that someone is in her home. As Julia embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind her sister's sudden and mysterious demise, she grapples with the onset of a degenerative eye condition that threatens her sight.

Despite being dismissed as paranoid by those around her, Julia's gradual descent into blindness plunges those watching into a world of isolation. As her vision fades, you are also deprived of seeing people's faces, forcing you to rely on other senses and trust the characters surrounding Julia

One scene is particular is quite graphic and disturbing! You have been warned. [Julia's Eyes on IMDB]


Directed by Paco Plaza, this contemporary possession tale unfolds as a coming-of-age narrative and is based real-life events from the 1991 Vallecas case, where a young girl named Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro met a tragic end after purportedly dabbling with an Ouija board. Set in Madrid during the early 1990s, the film delves into the unsettling journey of a teenage girl named Verónica.

Verónica is your typical high school student, enjoying her Walkman and occasionally skipping class—until one day a seance with an Ouija board unleashes some horrifying consequences, thrusting her into a encounter with an unexpected supernatural entity. [Veronica on IMDB]

Who Can Kill A Child?

Director Narciso Serrador expressed regret regarding his 1976 horror film, citing his decision to place historical footage of dying children at the beginning, rather than the end. He believed it would have been more impactful to evoke hatred towards the children after establishing their actions against the adults.

The plot revolves around a pregnant English tourist and her husband who become stranded on the fictional Spanish island of Almanzor, where all the children inexplicably turn violent and kill the adults.

Despite its flaws, including some subpar fake blood effects, Who Can Kill a Child? has earned its cult following. It features unsettling scenes of ten-year-old murderers, a girl communicating with an unborn baby by stroking its mother's belly, not to mentiont quite the sinister ice cream van soundtrack. If you have never seen this movie, you need to watch it.  [Who Can Kill A Child? on IMDB]

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