It’s officially Halloween season and with that comes scary movies. Latin American literature is considered to have pioneered magical realism, and is known for supernatural storytelling through folklore like La Llorona. But horror movies featuring our stories, especially in the U.S., are still few and far between. But that’s changing and in recent decades we have seen Latinx stories and actors spotlighted and showcased on the big screen. Whether we’re featured as a supporting or main character, we’re guaranteed to see ourselves while being scared and thrilled by spirits, demons, and other otherworldly beings. This is not an exhaustive list of Latinx horror movies but a starting place as you plan your horror movie night. Read on to learn more about 11 horror movies starring Latinx actors you need to watch this October.
Scream VI (2023)
Scream VI is a direct sequel to Scream (2022) and features the return of our favorite Latina scream queens Melissa Barrera (In the Heights) and Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), who play sisters in the film. In this sixth installment of the Scream franchise, they decide to leave Woodsboro for good after they survived the latest Ghostface killings and head to New York City to start a new chapter of their lives. But nothing goes as planned when everything they ran away from catches up to them.
Watch it on Paramount Plus, Apple TV, Vudu, and Prime Video
Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
A sequel to the 1993 classic starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus 2 follows friends Becca, Izzy, and Cassie who accidentally summon them to modern-day Salem 29 years after their original resurrection. Still, the witches are just as hungry for blood and children as ever and it’s up to the three friends to stop the witches from unleashing evil upon the world before it’s too late. Izzy is played by Belissa Escobedo, who is of Mexican descent and also appears in the new superhero film Blue Beetle.
Watch it on Disney+
Huesera: The Bone Woman (2022)
Huesera: The Bone Woman stars Mexican actress Natalia Solián as Valeria, a woman who becomes pregnant with her and her husband’s first child and begins seeing supernatural entities and disturbing visions. From a woman who falls to her death to a spirit who stalks her in the night and breaks her bones in bed, Valeria quickly becomes undone by the horrors she sees, turning her entire family against her except her single, childless aunt—who may also be the only person who can save her.
Watch it on Roku Channel, Spectrum TV, Redbox., Prime Video, Apple TV and Vudu
La Exorcista (2022)
La Exorcista follows Ofelia, a young nun visiting the town of San Ramon to help a pregnant villager named Sandra who is being hunted by a demon determined to possess her unborn child. Though she performs an exorcism, she realizes that the evil still remains and she is asked to protect Sandra and her baby for two days until the demon is vanquished. With the help of Father Victor and his assistant Fabian, she embarks on a journey to defeat the demon for good.
Watch it on Plex
No Dormirás (2018)
No Dormirás tells the story of Bianca, a young actress who joins a theater group led by a famous dramatist to act in their new play. What she doesn’t know is that her journey will lead her to an abandoned psychiatric hospital run by Emma, a woman who experiments to test the limits and capabilities of the human body. This time, she’s testing what happens when people go a certain amount of time without blinking or sleeping and if they access a higher part of their brain. Despite what Bianca may think, she’s unprepared for what lies ahead as she is determined to win the lead role of Ceci.
Watch it on Prime Video
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
Tigers Are Not Afraid follows Estrella, a young girl whose life in Mexico City has been destroyed by the drug war. When her mother goes missing, Estrella finds herself alone but quickly finds community among a gang of four other children who are also trying to survive the the drug violence while also dealing with ghosts. They soon realize that together is the only way to survive.
Watch it on Apple TV, Prime Video, and Vudu
MexZombies is a coming-of-age film the mixes comedy with zombies, reminiscent of Zombieland but with a Mexican twist. The film follows a group of teens who are determined to attend a Halloween party but behind the fun lies a horrifying truth: the zombie apocalypse has started in their home. The friends come together to convince the world that there’s a zombie apocalypse happening and they’re in need of weapons not candy. It will be up to the group of friends to defeat them, save each other, while also trying to save the world.
Watch it on Vix and The Roku Channel
The Forever Purge (2021)
The Forever Purge is the fifth installment in the Purge franchise and it stars Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre) and Tenoch Huerta (Wakanda Forever). As in the original, the Purge is a period of time that happens once a year where any crime, including murder, is legal for twelve hours. Only in this film, the Purge doesn’t end. We witness the ensuing chaos through the eyes of two Texas residents: Adela and her husband Juan, who works as a ranch hand for a wealthy family. After the annual Purge is supposed to end, a gang attacks the families and, despite their intrinsic wealth and ethnic differences, they are forced to work together, fight back, and live to see another day.
Watch it on Max, Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu
X is a slasher film in the vein of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and comes after the prequel Pearl. The film follows a group of young actors and a film crew including Jenna Ortega as Lorraine, a lighting assistant, who arrive at a rural Texas ranch to make a pornographic film in the guesthouse. But when they’re caught by the elderly couple who owns the ranch, the husband and wife start to kill them one by one in various gruesome ways as revenge for their youth and sexuality.
Watch it on Hulu, Max, and Prime Video
La Casa Muda/ The Silent House (2010)
Inspired by true events, La Casa Muda follows Laura and her father who stay overnight in a secluded house to repair it in time for its sale, though the owner tells them that the second floor is forbidden and unstable. That night, her father goes upstairs to check a mysterious noise. When she follows him to investigate, she finds his dead body, unleashing a murderer who traps her inside a house without a way to escape or communicate with the outside world. The film is inspired by a similar story from the 1940s in a small village in Uruguay and is directed by Uruguayan Gustavo Hernández.
Watch it on Prime Video
Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the story of the Bellow family, who have lived in the town of Mill Valley for decades. Sarah Bellows is a descendant of that family who was accused of witchcraft, living in a mansion that turns her life of secrets and torture into scary stories. When a group of teens stumble across her house, including Ramón Morales (played by Michael Garza), the stories seemingly come to life, complete with monsters, creatures, and hauntings. The film is an adaptation of the children’s book of the same name produced Guillermo del Toro who also wrote the story for the film.
Watch it on Tubi, Hulu, Peacock, Prime Video, and Spectrum