HBO’s Los Espookys is the absurdist horror comedy you’ve been looking for

So take a minute and think about what you love about Wes Anderson’s films… Is it the crazy dialogue, the absurd comedy, the clever use of colour, or all of the above? Take that and mix it with a hilarious glimpse into Latin American culture as a group of teenagers venture to the dark side – a winning formula, I know!

This series could not have come at a better time as I have been binge-watching Jane the Virgin for the last few weeks and I have been craving some more telenovela action. Although Los Espookys is far from a telenovela, its horror-comedy premise is very reminiscent of some of those themes.

But in all, Vulture probably described Los Espookys best; “The spirit of Scooby-Doo is alive and well in Los Espookys, though it’s more like Scooby-Doo in reverse.” Just like the gang would stay overnight in a haunted house and discover that all the weird things that were happening was only a trick of their imagination, the Los Espookys gang is responsible for making those tricks a reality.

Hmmm horror and comedy?

If you really think about it, these two genres are a dream team! Just look at Scream Queens for example or any films of the Scary Movie franchise that we used to watch religiously in the early 2000s. Los Espookys with its oddball characters and off-kilter humour is a winning combination.

Originally, the series was conceived by Fred Armisen (I immediately recognised him from Eurotrip but he also recently starred in Forever) who occasionally also appears in the series. But really the show owes it absurdness to Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega of SNL fame, who both also star in the series.

Los Espookys has already been renewed for a second season but is most definitely not for everyone. The very specific humour can seem odd and blunt to some, while for others it is exactly these moments that have you laughing out loud at every turn. And therefore the aforementioned link to Wes Anderson, as it is a very similar feel to their dialogue and storyline.

A typical conversation is as follows. “Let’s keep it simple and do something classic,” Renaldo says, after Andrés pitches a risky plan for the haunted house. “Like hands under the bed or blood dripping from the walls.”

“Look, I hear what you’re saying,” Andrés replies, deadpan. “And it makes perfect sense. But I’ll keep insisting on this idea as if I never heard you.”

Synopsis

The official HBO synopsis states that Los Espookys is a primarily Spanish-language (with English subtitles) comedy that follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie is just part of daily life.

Los Espookys will be available for streaming on Showmax from 2 September 2019.

Featured image courtesy of Variety.

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