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From La Bruja Maldita to El Escapulario, these horror classics are worth a rewatch

“¡Mentira, mentira!” says la hija predilecta de la noche.

‘Tis the season for classic films and tv shows that chill and thrill. Have you ever seen some of these Spanish-language horror movies?

Check out our recommendations and read on to find out what we’re adding to our horror film watchlist, and send us your favorites by emailing

La Bruja Maldita (1967)

Screenshot from La Bruja Maldita.
Screenshot from La Bruja Maldita.

I can’t remember the first time I heard my dad cackle “¡mentira, mentira!” through my house, but I can remember the first time I actually saw the actual telenovela he was quoting. I was in my early 20s, and I finally looked it up on YouTube. Lo and behold, Russian actress Tamara Garina lit up my small screen in her horrifying makeup, hissing the iconic line. A must watch, if only for the attitude alone.

Ladrón de Cadáveres (1957)

This Mexican classic follows a police captain and a Luchador investigating the murders of top athletes, with a mad science twist. I’m adding this one to my list.

Mas negro que la Noche (1975)

Mas negro que la Noche opens with a day in the life of a black cat and his elderly owner. Tight compositions and striking freeze frames give the first few minutes of this film an eerie vibe. We’re excited to keep watching this 1975 classic, which chronicles what happens to young women who move into a haunted house.

Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo (1968)

Boarding school students are haunted by a ghost after they are forced to stay on campus during Spring Break as a punishment for acting out. This film brings the scares early on, so make sure you’re ready!

El Escapulario (1968)

A dying woman gives a scapulary to a priest, and anyone who doesn’t believe in it's powers may very well end up dead. This beloved film features foreboding sound design and artful shots.


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