Best Horror Movies in Spanish Ranked by Tomatometer

Straight out of our guide to the 110 essential films in Spanish, we gallop through the night for all that is spooky in Spanish!

Here you will only find the coolest spooky selections from Mexico (Cronos), Spain (The orphanage), Uruguay (The silent house), Chile (The house of the wolf) and Argentina (Cold sweat). Inside each film, an underground world teeming with our favorite monsters. zombies in [rec]! Mad scientists in The skin i live in! Vampires in Dracula! (Yes, there was another take on the Universal classic.) Scary kids in The orphanage! And In the devil’s spine, maybe something beyond …

We’ve rounded up pretty much every spanish horror movie we could find, separating the Fresh and the Certified Fresh, but also including the Rotten because, hey, that’s part of the fun with the scary movies! If you’re wondering about the blatant lack of chucapbras and La Llarona on this list, it’s because there hasn’t been a movie review yet. Although KM 31 comes closest to his approach to Mexican folklore.

And more recently we have added Certified Fresh movies La Llarona and The platform. See where they fall with our guide to the best Spanish-language horror movies by Tomatometer!


Adjusted score: 57709%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Years after committing atrocities as the torturer of children interned during the Holocaust, the Nazi doctor and certified pedophile Klaus (Günter … [More]

# 29

Adjusted score: 66947%

Critics Consensus: After a dull third entry, [REC] 4 puts the series back on track, at least to the level of the first sequel.

Synopsis: The survivors of a strange contagion that turns humans into ghouls find themselves aboard a ship where a doctor tries … [More]

# 28

Adjusted score: 68,198%

Critics Consensus: Shot in one take, The silent house It might be a gadget movie, but it’s one that is enough to keep the dread and tension going throughout.

Synopsis: Laura and her father spend the night in a house, but a mysterious noise scares her … [More]

# 27

Adjusted score: 70101%

Critics Consensus: It lacks the surprising start of the first opus, but [REC] 2 almost maintains the creepy momentum of the original – and proves that not all horror sequels were created equal.

Synopsis: A doctor and a SWAT team enter a quarantined building where a virus has turned the inhabitants into a pack … [More]

# 26

Adjusted score: 73,024%

Critics Consensus: We are what we are is a high horror that combines family drama and social politics, with a lot of gore on top.

Synopsis: When his father dies unexpectedly, Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro) must step in and become the man of the house, provide … [More]

# 25

Adjusted score: 76689%

Critics Consensus: Visually striking and aggressively confrontational, We are the flesh can be as difficult to watch as it is to forget.

Synopsis: After wandering around a ruined city for years, two siblings enter a building and find a man who turns him into a … [More]

# 24

Adjusted score: 75494%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Hooded skeletons of Spanish knights ride again, blinded by crows for their 13th century savagery … [More]

# 23

Adjusted score: 69701%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A heavy-metal fan (Santiago Segura) and a medium (Armando De Razza) help a priest (Alex Angulo) search for the child Antichrist … [More]

# 22

Adjusted score: 38737%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: The search for a young man to find his missing ex-girlfriend leads him to an old house filled with stolen explosives and two … [More]

# 21

Adjusted score: 54374%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A woman psychologist who has stopped practicing medicine decides to take the case of Veronica de la Serna, a young … [More]

# 20

Adjusted score: 84034%

Critics Consensus: Even though it can sometimes seem confusing, The platform is an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller.

Synopsis: In the future, inmates housed in vertical cells will watch inmates in the upper cells feed while those in the lower … [More]

# 19

Adjusted score: 51344%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A blacksmith holds a demon captive, torturing him in revenge for his troubles. One day, an orphan stumbles … [More]

# 18

Adjusted score: 87322%

Critics Consensus: The skin I live in lacks the famous Almodovar loaded romance, replaced by a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour in the ick arthouse.

Synopsis: Since his beloved wife was horribly burned in a car accident, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a skilled plastic surgeon … [More]

# 17

Adjusted score: 42868%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: A Spanish film student (Ana Torrent) finds a videotape showing the torture and murder of a missing student … [More]

# 16

Adjusted score: 82081%

Critics Consensus: Filled with wild slapstick splash, Juan of the dead Also deftly uses its zombie premise as an undead Trojan horse for insightful political commentary.

Synopsis: When the dead rise up and attack the living, Juan starts a zombie killing business, until he has to save his little one … [More]

# 15

Adjusted score: 83455%

Critics Consensus: Dark, wicked and deliciously subversive, Witchcraft and bitch is disgusting genre entertainment with a healthy dose of twisted comedy for good measure.

Synopsis: Jewelery thieves flee into the Basque forests and are captured by a clan of witches …. [More]

# 14

Adjusted score: 90651%

Critics Consensus: The Untamed attempts an ambitious tonal juggling between fantastic and disturbing – and entices viewers with its slippery, inexorable allure.

Synopsis: A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their life is turned upside down … [More]

# 13

Adjusted score: 94,014%

Critics Consensus: Deeply annoying and surprisingly poignant, The orphanage is an atmospheric and beautifully crafted haunted house horror film that is scary with minimal blood.

Synopsis: Laura (Belén Rueda) keeps happy memories of her childhood in an orphanage. She convinces her husband to buy the place … [More]

# 12

Adjusted score: 89815%

Critics Consensus: Immerse viewers in the nightmarish hellish landscape of a besieged apartment complex, [Rec] proves that the images found can still be used as an effective dissemination mechanism for sparse economic horror.

Synopsis: A journalist (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrific epidemic of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals … [More]

# 11

Adjusted score: 90231%

Critics Consensus: Time crimes is a well-crafted, low-budget thriller loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.

Synopsis: Nacho Vigalondo’s time travel thriller opens with Hector spying on a beautiful woman undressing in the woods near his property. Investigate,… [More]


Adjusted score: 90721%

Critics Consensus: Clever, suspenseful and visually distinctive, Julia’s eyes marks another modern Spanish thriller that quickens the pulse while engaging the mind.

Synopsis: The closer she gets to the resolution of her sister’s death, a woman (Belén Rueda) with a degenerative eye disease becomes more and more … [More]

# 9

Adjusted score: 91565%

Critics Consensus: The solid lead performance, clever plot turns, and unsettling ending make Sleep well worth tracking down.

Synopsis: Caesar is the superintendent of an apartment building and monitors tenants very closely. He secretly likes to inflict … [More]

# 8

Adjusted score: 92385%

Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro’s unique feature debut is not only bloody and elegant, but charming and clever as well.

Synopsis: The antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) stumbles upon Cronos, a 400-year-old beetle who, when he clings to him, grants him … [More]


Adjusted score: 96333%

Critics Consensus: Terribly atmospheric and bewitching, The backbone of the devil is both a powerful ghost story and a clever political allegory.

Synopsis: After losing his father, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), 10, arrives at the Santa Lucia school, which houses the orphans of the Republican … [More]

# 6

Adjusted score: 94,492%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Monte’s agoraphobia keeps her isolated in her apartment until a young man injures himself in a stairwell and crawls towards … [More]

# 5

Adjusted score: 95648%

Critics Consensus: An intelligent tribute to genre cinema, Similar is a fun and scary film that balances socio-political issues with aplomb.

Synopsis: Eight people experience a strange phenomenon while waiting for a bus in a remote train station on a rainy October night … [More]

# 4

Adjusted score: 98775%

Critics Consensus: Surreal, disturbing and ultimately haunting, The house of the wolf is a breathtaking outpouring of creativity whose striking visuals do a poor job of complementing its disturbing story.

Synopsis: A young woman takes refuge in a strange house in the woods after escaping from a southern German colony … [More]

# 3

Adjusted score: 101034%

Critics Consensus: La Llorona gives a new twist to the familiar legend by mixing the supernatural and the political to a decidedly chilling effect.

Synopsis: Alma is murdered with her children in a military attack in Guatemala, but when the general who ordered the genocide … [More]

# 2

Adjusted score: 103539%

Critics Consensus: Tigers are not afraid draws inspiration from childhood trauma for a story that skillfully blends magical whimsy with hard-hitting realism – and leaves a lingering impact.

Synopsis: When a girl’s mother goes missing, leaving her alone, she goes with a bunch of street children, leading to a … [More]

# 1

Adjusted score: 88803%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Shortly after starting to work for Conde Dracula (Carlos Villarias), clerk Renfield (Pablo Alvarez Rubio) learns that his employer is, … [More]

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