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The Best Spanish Horror Movies

Updated May 7, 2021 1.2k votes 346 voters 22.6k 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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    [REC]

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    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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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    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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    The Devil's Backbone

    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes

    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
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    [REC] 2

    Manuela Velasco, Albert Grabuleda Capdevila

    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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    Sleep Tight

    Luis Tosar, Alberto San Juan

    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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    Thesis

    Eduardo Noriega, Ana Torrent

    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
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    Julia's Eyes

    Belén Rueda, Clara Segura

    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
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    Cronos

    Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro

    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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    The Skin I Live In

    Antonio Banderas, Blanca Suárez

    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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    Tombs of the Blind Dead

    Rufino Ingles, Lone Fleming

    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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    [REC] 3: Genesis

    Leticia Dolera, Carla Nieto

    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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    The House at the End of Time

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    [REC] 4: Apocalypse

    Manuela Velasco, Héctor Colomé

    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
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    Witching and Bitching

    Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang

    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
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    Aftershock

    Selena Gomez, Eli Roth

    Released2012

    Directed byNicolás López

    Aftershock is a 2012 Chilean-American disaster horror film starring Eli Roth. It is directed by Nicolás López and written by López, Roth, and Guillermo Amoedo, from a story by Roth and López....  more
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    The Day of the Beast

    Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Santiago Segura

    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
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    Shrew's Nest

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    The Nameless

    Tristán Ulloa, Karra Elejalde

    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
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    Timecrimes

    Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo

    Released2007

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

    Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science-fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour, starting a series f events...  more
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    Kidnapped

    Fernando Cayo, Ana Wagener

    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
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    The Squad

    Andres Torres, Juan David Restrepo

    Released2011

    Directed byJaime Osorio Marquez

    The Squad is a 2011 horror film written and directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez....  more
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    Tigers Are Not Afraid

    Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López

    Released2019

    Directed byIssa López

    Tigers Are Not Afraid is a 2019 Mexican fantasy horror film directed by Issa López. Five children attempt to survive the violence of the cartels and the ghosts that are left in its wake....  more
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    In A Glass Cage

    Marisa Paredes, Günter Meisner

    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
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    Undergods

    Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig

    Released2020

    Directed byChino Moya

    Undergods is a 2020 Spanish thriller fantasy film directed by Chino Moya. An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline - a collection of darkly humorous, fantasy tales about ill-fated...  more
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    Afterparty

    Úrsula Corberó, Lucho Fernández

    Released2013

    Directed byMiguel Larraya

    Afterparty is a 2013 horror film written by Miguel larraya and Fernando Sancristóbal Zurita and directed by Miguel Larraya....