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Initial post: 14 Nov 2008 13:15:28 GMT
Why is it that the Spanish are so good at making horror films???
Fragiles & Rec are my favourites.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2008 19:52:56 GMT
I've just bought Rec, I hope its good.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2008 10:09:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2008 10:51:32 GMT
I. R. Kerr says:
They may be seen as cheesy by some but I love Amando De Ossorio's horror movies especially the "Blind Dead" series, also the Lorelei's Grasp and Malenka and not forgetting Paul Naschy's wonderful werewolf movies.
I also like watching Mexican horror & wrestling movies with Santo, Blue Demon etc. Horror does not have to be always in your face to be entertaining.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2008 21:24:26 GMT
Watch The Devil's Backbone and The Orphanage...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2008 06:33:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2008 06:34:23 GMT
Liz says:
I LOVE the Blind Dead series! I used to watch a lot of Spanish horror films as a kid, and they scared me senseless, still, I fell in love with them. You're right about horror nowadays. Today's horror films disappoint me, and they always go for the disgusting, ugh, can't stand that. Whatever happened to slowly building up the tension and creating an eerie, creepy atmosphere?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2008 18:37:39 GMT
Again, watch The Devil's Backbone and The Orphanage lol..

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2008 13:39:08 GMT
godzilla78 says:
Anyone here seen "the dark hour"? I think it's a post apocaylptic/zombie/28 days later kind of film.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2008 20:08:52 GMT
Becky.horror says:
yes The Dark Hours probably one of the best spanish if not best sci fi/horror ive seen in the last year, excellent plot, scripts, suspence and direction. Puts 28 Days/ weeks later to shame. Tried to buy it with no luck yet. Del Toros stuff is always good especially The Devils Backbone, and i was surprised by Orphanage as although not horror or scifi its still a great film for suspence. Personally I dont rate REC as not enough originality or suspence. The characters do stupid things and theres just not enough zombie action, but thats just my opinion. Also I could be wrong but i think The Abortion is also a spanish film and its not as gross as it sounds, more thriller than horror. If im wrong let me know!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2008 12:58:08 GMT
godzilla78 says:
Cheers. I think i may just go and order it now. I did hear it has similar ideas to the 28 days/weeks films which is good enough in my book. Fans of Spanish horror may want to check out a Mexican film which i caught on film4 a few weeks back. Sorry that i can't remember the name but it's something like 46 or road 46 but the title features a number. I can't say i liked it much but for completists of Latin horror, you may want to check it out. It did remind me of the Del toro films with a pinch of japanese influence (ghosts, water etc) thrown in for good measure.

Posted on 20 Oct 2010 18:58:16 BDT
In the 1960s, a local TV station (in Columbus, OH) ran its version of Chiller Theater, and I watched it religiously every Friday night. Occasionally, they ran some foreign films -- Spanish, Italian, etc. -- and one night, they aired a film (b

Posted on 20 Oct 2010 22:12:12 BDT
The Devil's Backbone is really good movie. I'm still to watch The Orphanage. I bought a film called Sexy Killer, very weird and gory. She's a serial killer who then has to re-kill all her victims when they become zombies...may not be to everyone's liking, but some may find it entertaining.

Posted on 20 Oct 2010 23:38:39 BDT
The Devil's Backbone rocks, but I would like to include 'Dagon'. Yes it's from a US director but it was deliberately set in Spain.

Posted on 23 Oct 2010 23:07:19 BDT
I think there are tons of great Spanish horrors but in my experience three names keep cropping up that I'd call the main attractions, directors Jess Franco and Amando De Ossorio and actor Paul Naschy, between them they've created probably two thirds or more of my spanish favourites.

Posted on 26 Oct 2010 17:07:52 BDT
Joyeuse says:
The most terrifying film I ever saw was a short Spanish production called "La Cabina" - I haven't been able to use a phone box since. I mentioned this at work one day (some years ago now) and a colleague agreed with my assessment so it must have been pretty memorable as it was only shown once or twice on the BBC rather late at night. Do watch it if you ever get the chance - it feeds into our sense of claustrophobia, paranoia and individual helplessness par excellence. Thinking about it again I wonder if it might have been some sort of veiled comment on the Franco regime.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 17:20:37 BDT
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Posted on 26 Oct 2010 17:50:21 BDT
Trigger says:
Is The Dark Hour worth picking up for about £4? I liked 28 Days Later and REC, as well as the Del Toro Spanish films too. I think Spanish horror is pretty great at the moment; it's far more interesting than the godawful torture porn the US industry is currently revelling in with Saw et al.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 20:33:15 BDT
charred says:
I wouldn't recommend it to you, if you liked the frenetic pace of films like 28 days later and REC, then The Dark Hour is not for you as its a lot slower with no action scenes or any shocks. Its well acted and has believable sets, which help build a little tension but thats not enough to keep you interested till the end of the movie.

Posted on 30 Oct 2010 08:11:42 BDT
On a sidenote, one of my favourite horror flicks of the last decade is Them, a French horror. Excellent little movie from France which I wouldn't expect (their output of the last 30 years mainly focuses on sexuality)

Posted on 31 Oct 2010 04:12:07 GMT
Thanks to everyone for mentioning "The Dark Hour", I'd never heard of that one but the comments interested me so I went on ebay and got it for £1.50 last week, haven't watched it yet though.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 00:29:20 GMT
bgeli13 says:
La Hora Fria, is the name of the movie people keep calling "The dark hour", it's actually called "The Cold Hour" It's a very good movie. Great acting all around. It's a good story that does not have your typical ending that you can guess as soon as the movie begins. It's hard to get this movie with English subtitles. I had to make my own subtitles for it. I highly recommend seeing this movie. Also a few post back "Godzilla78" was mentioning a movie, I think it must be "Kilometre 31" or Km. 31. That is also a decent movie, very creepy! Check it out.

Posted on 20 Nov 2010 00:34:23 GMT
bgeli13 says:
Also, if anybody wants "La hora Fria" (The Cold Hour/The Dark Hour)with hard coded English subtitles, let me know and I will give you the download links.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 19:21:35 GMT
The dvd of "The Dark Hour" I bought off ebay has english subtitles and so it should, as I don't speak spansih unfortunately.The Dark Hour DVD.

Posted on 6 Dec 2010 16:17:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2010 16:23:38 GMT
There's also "Horror Express", "A Candle for the Devil" and "Who Can Kill a Child? too. All three of these are excellent films in my opinion.

Horror Express [DVD] [1972]
A Candle For The Devil [DVD]
Who Can Kill a Child [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

I would also recommend this good value boxset that includes six films including "A Christmas Tale". I might try to watch that one again over the next few weeks if I can fit it into my busy dvd watching schedule as I haven't seen it for a few years now.

6 Films to Keep You Awake [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

The Spanish boxset is a lot more expensive, but I will put a link anyway for the no multi-region player brigade. In fact you could buy a multi-region dvd player and the US boxset too and still have some spare cash left over, as these combined would cost less than the price the Spanish boxset is being sold for.

Films to Keep You Awake 6-DVD Set ( Películas para no dormir: La habitación del niño / La Culpa / Adivina quién soy / Para entrar a vivir / Regreso a Moira / Cuento de navidad ) ( Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room / Blame / A Real Fr

Posted on 6 Dec 2010 16:17:42 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012 20:20:06 BDT
I have been trying to find that very movie that was on Film4 but haven't had any luck - painful as I wanted to give the name of it out for others to watch!
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