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The Best Spanish Horror Movies

Updated May 7, 2021 1.3k votes 349 voters 23k views39 items

List RulesVote for the scariest Spanish language horror movies, no matter what country they originate from.

No matter where you live in the world, this list of the best Spanish horror movies is bound to appeal to you if you're looking to dive into the world of Spanish cinema. Whether you like haunted houses (The House at the End of Time), the horror of Mother Nature (Aftershock), or terrifying, unstoppable viruses, ([Rec]) you’ll find it on this list of Spanish horror movies.
 

Most notably included here are the films Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone both from internationally renowned director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim). Which of the films on this Spanish horror movies list keeps you up at night? Join our other users and give the scariest movies on this list a thumbs up, or tell us what frightens you most in the comments below. These horror movies are all in Spanish, but there are usually subtitles available for non-native speakers.
 

If you haven't seen any of these films, then it makes for a great guide on where to start. The scariest Spanish horror movies will be at the top of the list, as they have received the most upvotes.
 

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    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet
    108
    24

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

    REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word "record", as it...  more
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    Fassbinderisdead addedSergi López, Maribel Verdú
    95
    19

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by Esperanto Films. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young...  more
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    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes
    69
    22

    Released2001

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    The Devil's Backbone is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently produced by Pedro...  more
  • 4
    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila
    57
    16

    Released2009

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

    REC 2 is a 2009 Spanish horror film sequel to 2007's REC and the second installment of the REC series. The film was written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, both of whom returned from...  more
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    Luis Tosar, Alberto San Juan
    38
    16

    Released2011

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

    Sleep Tight is a 2011 Spanish horror thriller film directed by Jaume Balagueró. César, an unhappy concierge, maintains a peculiar relationship with the very diverse inhabitants of the upper-class...  more
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    Eduardo Noriega, Ana Torrent
    36
    16

    Released1996

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    Tesis is a 1996 Spanish film. It is the feature debut of director Alejandro Amenábar, and was written by him and Mateo Gil. The movie won seven 1996 Goya Awards, including the award for Best Film. It...  more
  • 8
    Belén Rueda, Clara Segura
    36
    17

    Released2010

    Directed byGuillem Morales

    Julia's Eyes is a critically acclaimed 2010 Spanish horror film directed by Guillem Morales and written by Morales and Oriol Paulo....  more
  • 9
    Rufino Ingles, Lone Fleming
    26
    8

    Released1972

    Directed byAmando de Ossorio

    Tombs of the Blind Dead is a 1971 Spanish horror film written and directed by Amando de Ossorio. Its original Spanish title is La noche del terror ciego, which means "The Night of the Blind Terror"....  more
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    Glenn Ghoul addedAntonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez
    26
    9

    Released2011

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    The Skin I Live In is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Pedro Almodóvar and based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale. A brilliant plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas), haunted by...  more
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    Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé
    29
    18

    Released2014

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

    REC 4: Apocalypse is an upcoming 2014 Spanish horror film, and the fourth and final installment of the REC franchise. The film will be a direct sequel to the second film taking place immediately...  more
  • 13
    Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang
    20
    8

    Released2013

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

    Witching & Bitching is a 2013 Spanish horror-comedy film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia. It stars Hugo Silva, Mario Casas and Carmen Maura. It won the most awards at the 28th Goya...  more
  • 14
    Leticia Dolera, Carla Nieto
    31
    23

    Released2012

    Directed byPaco Plaza

    REC 3: Génesis is a 2012 Spanish horror film directed by Paco Plaza and is the third installment of the REC series. A couple's wedding day turns horrific as some of the guests start showing signs of...  more
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    Glenn Ghoul addedMaria Grazia Cucinotta, Santiago Segura
    13
    2

    Released1995

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

    The Day of the Beast is a 1995 Spanish black comedy horror action film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia and starring Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura. Both Maria Grazia...  more
  • 17
    Fernando Cayo, Ana Wagener
    15
    5

    Released2010

    Directed byMiguel Ángel Vivas

    Jaime, Marta y su hija Isa acaban de mudarse a una selecta urbanización de las afueras. Mientras se preparan para celebrar la primera noche en su nueva casa, tres encapuchados irrumpen violentamente...  more
  • 18
    Tristán Ulloa, Karra Elejalde
    14
    4

    Released1999

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

    The Nameless is a 1999 independent Spanish horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró. It is based on the 1981 horror novel by English writer Ramsey Campbell which mingled psychological suspense with...  more
  • 19
    Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro
    31
    28

    Released1993

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Cronos is a 1993 Mexican vampire horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring veteran Argentinean actor Federico Luppi and American actor Ron Perlman. Cronos is del Toro's first...  more
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    Black Shadow, Agustin Martinez Solares
    14
    7

    Released1973

    Directed byMiguel M. Delgado

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    Marisa Paredes, Günter Meisner
    12
    6

    Released1987

    Directed byAgustí Villaronga

    Tras el cristal is a 1987 Spanish film written and directed by Agustí Villaronga and starring Günter Meisner, Marisa Paredes and David Sust. The plot follows an ex-Nazi sadistic child abuser who is...  more
  • 22
    Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro
    13
    7

    Released2012

    Directed byAdrián García Bogliano

    Here Comes the Devil is a 2012 Mexican film that was directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano. The film had its world premiere on September 11, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars...  more
  • 23
    Andrea Duro, Luis Alberto García
    12
    7

    Released2011

    Directed byAlejandro Brugués

    Juan of the Dead is a Spanish-Cuban comedy zombie film written and directed by Alejandro Brugués. in 2010. Coproduction by La Zanfoña Producciones, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, with the...  more
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    Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera
    10
    8

    Released2010

    Directed byFernando Barreda Luna

    "In April of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of five spending...  more
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