Loved Wednesday? Here are 5 Dark Latine Movies & TV Shows to Watch Next
Wednesday was a fantastical, mysterious, comedic horror experience that had us at the edge of our seats with its twists and turns and laughing out loud at Jenna Ortega's perfect delivery of Wednesday Addam's deadpan humor.
But while waiting for Netflix to confirm when season 2 will drop, we're gonna need some more spooky Latine content on our screens. Read on for a list of must-watch movies and TV series that match Wednesday's dark humor, fantastical setting, and spooky vibes, ranked from kid-friendly quirky to downright stay-up-at-night scary.
The Book Of Life
From the colorful mind of Mexican animator Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, this is the story of a trio of childhood friends that grow up to find themselves in a complicated love triangle, one that eventually leads one of them to embark on a fantastical journey to the Land of the Remembered to reunite with his true love in the afterlife.
With visually striking animation and a touching tale of love, friendship, and living up to our parents' expectations, The Book Of Life is a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture and its unique take on death. Stream it on Disney Plus, Prime Video, Vudu, or Apple TV.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
A painstakingly hand-crafted, stop-motion animated movie created over the course of 2.5 years, this retelling of a classic story is equal parts dark and touching, the way only Guillermo Del Toro knows how to create. Don't be fooled by the whimsical characters; Pinocchio is far from being a children's tale. It's a movie about death, grief, war, complex father-son relationships, the challenges of growing up, and staying true to yourself above all else.
Follow up with "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio: Hand Carved Cinema" for a behind-the-scenes look at how this delightful movie came to be, with animators from Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Portland, Oregon, collaborating to create what critics are now calling a stop-motion masterpiece. You can find this lil' wooden boy on Netflix.
Created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, this quirky horror-comedy series follows a group of friends joined together by their shared love of all things spooky as they venture into starting their own (highly unusual) business that provides scary experiences to their clients, a "horror-for-hire" kind of deal. Think gory quinceañeras, alien abductions, sea monsters and more. The gang also happens to feature a whole spectrum of sexuality, making this a delightfully queer show.With iconic one-liners, do-it-yourself special effects, and many telenovela twists, this series will keep the entire fam entertained. Catch it on HBO Max, Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV
This horror fantasy thriller revolves around Father Ramiro (Christopher Uckermann), who seeks the aid of demon hunter Elvis Infante (Horacio García Rojas), also known as a "diablero," to find a girl who has been kidnapped in Mexico City. Filled with over-the-top gory scenes and otherworldly creatures straight out of Latin American folklore, Diablero also adds just the right amount of humor to lighten the mood.
You can join this ragtag group of demon hunters only on Netflix.
Haunted: Latin America
Now, if you wanna leave the comedy behind and watch some straight-up horror, we have just the thing. This anthology series reenacts real people's first-hand experiences with haunted houses, possession, and the paranormal, as they retell it themselves and are often accompanied by other witnesses. We can't deny there's something about those "based on a true story" things that just hits different.
If you're up for a good scare, put on your pajamas, grab some palomitas, and binge-watch the entire first season on Netflix in just 3 hours, as most episodes are only about half an hour long.
Watched any or all of these shows? Share your experience with us at @theluzmedia on Instagram! Are there any others you’d add to this list?
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