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When it comes to supernatural fantasies, it’s always good to schedule your visits to horror much ahead of time, especially since this is going to be the monsterfest of your life. 

 
 

The Devil’s Backbone | 2001

Also known as El Espinazo del Diablo (Spanish)

After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares.

Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.

 

Hellboy | 2004

When the Nazis attempt to use black magic during the last days of World War II, a monkey like demon is thrown into the real world. Professor Trevor Bruttenholm discovers the creature and rescues it from any danger. The creature grows up and goes by the name of Hellboy. 

Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. Working in secrecy, Hellboy works to rid any supernatural threat. When some familiar faces from the past appear, it’s going to take more than Hellboy to stop them.

 

Pan’s Labyrinth | 2006

Also known as El Laberinto del Fauno

Set in the times of the Spanish Civil War, this is the story of a young girl named Ofelia. She is a girl who has a passion for fairy tales, which causes her to see one during her trip to a forest that is not quiet. Left to her own devices, Ofelia creates an imaginary world of her own to escape the cruel and harsh realities of the world. When she encounters a faun named Pan in this other world, she must complete three tasks in order to obtain immortality according to the legend of a long lost fairy princess. 

 

hellboy II: the golden Army | 2008

In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elfheir breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. Prince Nuada is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race, not even hesitating to kill his own race and father in the pursuit of being all-powerful in his course. 

As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the elf prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity’s existence, overcoming hurdles of love, loyalty and destiny. every step of the way.

 

pacific rimE | 2013

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. 

But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

 

crimson peak | 2015

Edith Cushing’s mother died when she was young but watches over her. Brought up in the Victorian Era she strives to be more than just a woman of marriageable age. She becomes enamored with Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger. After a series of meetings and incidents she marries Thomas and comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, far away from everything she has known. 

Hardly has she moved in than Edith’s nightmares become quite vividly real, being haunted by ghoulish apparitions. It’s as if the house doesn’t want her there... The naive girl soon comes to realize not everything is as it appears as ghosts of the past quite literally come out of the woodwork.