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Spanish Horror Film

Antonio Lázaro-Reboll

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Spanish Horror Film is the first in-depth exploration of the genre in Spain from the 'horror boom' of the late 1960s and early 1970s to the most recent production in the current renaissance of Spanish genre cinema, through a study of its production, circulation, regulation and consumption. The examination of this rich cinematic tradition is firmly located in relation to broader historical and cultural shifts in recent Spanish history and as an important part of the European horror film tradition and the global culture of psychotronia.

Key Features

  • The first critical study on Spanish horror film to be published in English.
  • An overview of key directors, cycles and representative films as well as of more obscure and neglected horror production.
  • A detailed analysis of the work of directors such as Jesús Franco, Amando de Ossorio, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Eloy de la Iglesia, Jaume Balagueró, Nacho Cerdá and Guillermo del Toro's "Spanish" films.
  • A focus on critical and cult contexts of reception in Spain, Great Britain and the USA.


1. The Spanish Horror Boom: 1968 - 1975
2. Spanish Hall of Monsters in the late 1960s and early 1970s
3. Horrormeister: The Films of Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
4. The Horror Cycle of Eloy de la Iglesia (1971-1973)
5. Devoted to Horror: From Terror Fantastic (1971-1973) to 2000 maniacos (1989-present)
6. Post-1975 Horror Production
7. Transnational Projections in Contemporary Spanish Horror Film: Nacho Cerdá, Jaume Balagueró and Guillermo del Toro

About the Author

Antonio Lázaro-Reboll is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent. He is author of several articles on Spanish horror cinema and is the co-editor of Spanish Popular Cinema (2004) and Cult Movies: The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste (2003).


Lázaro-Reboll’s monograph is a timely addition to the growing field of Spanish Horror film. It complements other foundational works, mainly in Spanish, that have taken a more encyclopaedic approach... it will become essential reading for both academics working in Spanish horror and enthusiasts of Euro Horror. In its incorporation of discourses surrounding fandom and consumption, Spanish Horror Film demonstrates more widely how taste and critical processes behind genre classification have been fundamental to the creation of a horror tradition and, in the case of Spanish cinema, how the study of horror films may result in a ‘refigur[ing] [of] related film histories’


- Xavier Aldana Reyes, Manchester Metropolitan University, The Gothic Imagination

Although it has long been an important presence in European cinema, Spanish horror has never received the critical attention it merits. Antonio Lazaro-Reboll’s diligently researched book rectifies that situation. Lazaro-Reboll provides an insightful account of the contexts out of which Spanish horror cinema emerges and offers compelling discussions of key films, ranging from the formative work of Jesus Franco and Paul Naschy/Jacinto Molina to the contemporary Rec and The Orphanage.

- Professor Peter Hutchings, Northumbria University

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