Spanish horror scored another point on Friday with Guillermo Del Toro’s Julia’s Eye’s receiving a good reception at cinema’s across the country.
Julia’s Eyes is another filmic building block on an already solid foundation, made up of other Spanish horror successes including The Orphanage and the hugely influential camcorder shocker, Rec.
So if you fancy sampling some of these scary spanish flavours, here are a clutch of releases from the Costa Del Death for you to investigate.
5 Spanish horror films to enjoy
The Baby’s Room
When a young couple move to a a grand old house to build a family everything seems perfect. Although the place it a little eerie, they set about decorating it and making it their own, with a room for their newborn son just along the corridor from their bedroom.
But when mysterious voices are heard over the baby monitor when the child is alone, it’s pretty clear that something sinister is active in the house and chatting with neighbours confirms these fears.
Soon the couple find themselves fighting for their sanity and lives in the face of an unseen enemy.
An apartment block becomes the epicentre of a vicious zombie virus outbreak and worst of all, the event is televised by a team following the local fire service.
Upon arrival, the building is sealed from the outside and those trapped indoors are left to fight for survival against the infected masses.
The film set a precedent for first person camcorder docu-horrors which now (far too) commonplace.
Laura moves her family back to her former home with the intention of opening an orphanage for disabled children.
When her adopted son starts talking about having invisible friends, not much notice is taken, but one of the imaginary characters (Tomas) turns out to be a little sinister, and when Laura has a nasty brush with him in the flesh (wearing a sack over his head) things take a turn for the worst and her son disappears.
It turns out that the Orphanage has a dark past and that some demons need to be laid to rest.
Something a little different this time, and a journey to a Spanish village in the 1800’s where a spate of recent attacks have left the locals terrified for their lives.
The belief is that there’s a nasty werewolf about and no-one is safe from his jaws. Fortunately a wolf hunter arrives in the nick of time to do some shooting, but will the real horrors need more than bullets to terminate them?
A woman with failing sight has reason to believe that the death of her twin sister was more than natural causes and begins a journey to unravel the truth and unmask the true killer.
But with her vision worsening by the day she can’t be sure who to trust or what to believe as it soon seems that the murder conspiracy has deep, sinister roots.
So, if you’ve not yet made plans for the Bank Holiday weekend, it could be the ideal time for you to take a trip to your local cinema or video store to experience some scares, Spanish horror style.