6 Classic Mexican Horror Movies

Taboada, Del Toro… The best Mexican movies for horror connoisseurs.

by | November 2, 2015 | Comments

For those who aren’t aware, Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday commemorating the dearly departed, and it’s traditionally celebrated between October 31 and November 2. In other words, today is the last day of festivities, and our Spanish-language sister site, Tomatazos, has published a list of definitive Mexican horror films to mark the occasion. What you’ll find below incorporates both classic films from the silent era and newer entries in the genre, including one from Guillermo del Toro. Read on to brush up on the most noteworthy fright flicks from south of the border.


La Llorona (1933)

Llorona

Director: Ramón Peón
In Mexico, a man is brutally murdered after he hears the cries of a weeping woman. Later, in the house of a rich family who are celebrating the birthday of one of their children, a cloaked figure stalks them. Finally, the possessed intruder tries to murder the child in ritualistic form.


Macario (1960)

Macario

Director: Roberto Gavaldón
Macario, a very poor villager who has a wife and several children, makes a living selling firewood. Tired of a life of hardship and distress, his greatest wish is simply to one day have a whole turkey to himself, without having to share with anyone. In an effort to help him fulfill this wish, his wife steals one from a wealthy family farm, but when Macario prepares to eat it, God , the Devil and Death appear to him and ask him to share. He choose only to shares his meal with death, and in return, Death gives him a bottle of elixir that will cure any disease. Before long, Macario is earning much more money than the village doctor, but he also draws the attention of the dreaded Inquisition.

Watch trailer


El vampiro (The Vampire) (1958)

El-Vampiro

Director: Fernando Méndez
A young Mexican woman returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt who just died. Soon she begins to hear disturbing stories about the city, which is reportedly infested by vampires, and she ultimately begins to suspect that her aunt and her mysterious neighbor may be involved.

Watch trailer


Más negro que la noche (Blacker Than the Night) (1975)

Mas-Negro-que-la-noche

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada
Four women move into an old house together when one of them receives it as part of an inheritance from her deceased aunt. But soon, they are plagued by strange voices, mysterious noises, and visions of ghosts, which lead them to discover the dark powers at work and experience agony beyond terror.

Watch trailer


Veneno para las hadas (Poison for the Fairies) (The Evil Fairies) (1984)

Veneno-para-las-hadas

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada
A 10-year-old girl convinces a classmate that she is a witch, forcing the girl to become her assistant. Things begin innocently enough, but they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

Watch trailer


Cronos (1994) 90%

Cronos-Movie

Director: Guillermo del Toro
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after 400 years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Watch trailer


You can find the original article in Spanish at Tomatazos.com.

  • Cheezey

    Horror Movies? Dia de los muertos isn’t Mexican Halloween.

  • The only film in that list that I’ve seen is Cronos… a true classic.

  • Jazz From Hell

    where is Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo?!

  • espaguetialabolognesa

    «El libro de piedra» (‘The Stone Book’) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242601/

Tag Cloud

Awards Tour ABC 20th Century Fox Hallmark Christmas movies cats Crunchyroll boxoffice TNT diversity anime christmas movies CMT screenings Ghostbusters Heroines cars Western Trailer Marvel Studios Nickelodeon Amazon El Rey south america Pride Month Teen spain documentary The CW Premiere Dates Peacock 2020 ITV Reality Competition BBC X-Men strong female leads 71st Emmy Awards Elton John franchise science fiction adventure Drama ABC Family comiccon Lucasfilm 24 frames video golden globes cancelled Mindy Kaling ratings animated Tomatazos serial killer cancelled TV series Song of Ice and Fire Acorn TV Sundance Now DirecTV casting canceled TV shows Disney+ Disney Plus CW Seed Martial Arts Lionsgate Masterpiece Toys Grammys Nominations Vudu binge spanish language dogs unscripted finale Reality A24 anthology Apple Valentine's Day zombie 2018 MSNBC renewed TV shows American Society of Cinematographers YA Spring TV Amazon Studios political drama Captain marvel Tarantino VICE Shondaland crossover DC Comics Oscars CBS All Access Paramount TCA 2017 Sci-Fi Family facebook dramedy dceu History zombies SDCC Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cops television DGA natural history free movies Infographic Rom-Com Country Winners witnail Epix Film period drama Awards travel cinemax Columbia Pictures Extras FXX spy thriller OneApp reviews Logo Action Watching Series cartoon harry potter TLC Emmys Warner Bros. jamie lee curtis APB FX SundanceTV true crime Star Wars composers PBS scary movies Amazon Prime Rock Baby Yoda Best and Worst Hulu E! book Cannes space MCU Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt joker Arrowverse Binge Guide 2016 what to watch halloween screen actors guild Year in Review Podcast sequel discovery comics Music war Universal Esquire Red Carpet TBS richard e. Grant directors DC Universe comic Marathons adaptation DC streaming service 007 vampires Anna Paquin Rocky Mary poppins sag awards USA Network Emmy Nominations Video Games blaxploitation Syfy Schedule Comedy series dc Netflix Pirates Starz Musical GoT YouTube The Walking Dead HBO versus Tumblr technology crime drama Creative Arts Emmys LGBTQ miniseries romance batman TCM Cartoon Network Shudder TV Land sitcom Marvel Television Apple TV Plus Comic Book See It Skip It Comics on TV indie NBC Box Office Freeform thriller President Writers Guild of America The Arrangement elevated horror HBO Max Apple TV+ New York Comic Con Lifetime Christmas movies TCA Winter 2020 cooking Holidays Academy Awards movie award winner PaleyFest Chernobyl Mudbound Photos Turner Classic Movies Comedy Central stand-up comedy mutant Election streaming Avengers Animation spinoff crime thriller cults latino RT History 2015 MTV toy story GLAAD VH1 21st Century Fox Mystery Thanksgiving Disney Summer robots GIFs Brie Larson children's TV singing competition Britbox Dark Horse Comics Horror kids green book Discovery Channel Cosplay mockumentary justice league independent IFC Spectrum Originals Women's History Month social media Sundance Biopics hispanic name the review supernatural disaster Trivia romantic comedy dragons LGBT WarnerMedia Endgame AMC game of thrones cancelled TV shows Pop TV YouTube Red USA Certified Fresh psycho Interview docudrama Holiday blockbuster Ellie Kemper A&E hist Turner CNN Fall TV sports Ovation tv talk rotten movies we love Funimation biography Fox News 2019 universal monsters Sony Pictures foreign OWN Rocketman First Look Superheroe ghosts nature TCA Mary Tyler Moore Pop Adult Swim Stephen King aliens Travel Channel San Diego Comic-Con Marvel psychological thriller 45 crime The Witch Mary Poppins Returns Nat Geo Film Festival Disney Channel Disney Plus Fantasy Superheroes game show TV teaser Food Network Hallmark Star Trek TV renewals movies Black History Month theme song Polls and Games Quiz First Reviews Pet Sematary Amazon Prime Video IFC Films RT21 Classic Film talk show Bravo Winter TV BBC America revenge Sundance TV Calendar YouTube Premium Disney streaming service National Geographic Walt Disney Pictures FOX TruTV doctor who Super Bowl 2017 Paramount Network based on movie Black Mirror zero dark thirty werewolf FX on Hulu Musicals E3 quibi Sneak Peek ESPN The Purge Set visit Countdown Crackle Character Guide transformers festivals cancelled television slashers police drama Netflix Christmas movies WGN historical drama Trophy Talk Opinion Kids & Family spider-man TIFF Pixar Spike politics medical drama canceled SXSW Showtime Lifetime NYCC CBS Tubi BET Christmas breaking bad Television Academy reboot