LOS ESPOOKYS. HBO. Directed by Fernando Frias, with Fred Armisen, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega, Bernado Velaso, Julio Torres.


To round off the weekend I went down the rabbit hole of obscure series and ended up watching a whole season of Los Espookys; the weirdest, funniest, most creative, bizarre and outlandish, but totally charming little thing.

IMDB describes it like this. “A group of friends 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 are just part of daily life.”

This only manages to give a tip of the iceberg, because the characters are so lovely, strange and rich, the plot lines beyond fantastic, and the non-adherence to any traditional genre rebellious and inspirational.

Bernado Velasco plays Renaldo, a Latino goth, whose love of all things horror accidentally propels him and his friends into the horror business. He is hilarious, cute and totally authentic – swearing off sex because it is distracting, still living at home, bathing Fruti the Maltese, and having phone chats with his uncle Tico (Fred Armisen), a valet parking expert in LA.

Then there is Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) who is a dissatisfied dental assistant and the brains and business suss of the horror team. Unfortunately, her sister Tati (Ana Fabrega) is totally unstable, can’t hold down a job, falls in love with a cartoon prince, and gets into Herbalite debt. It is mad.

Then to round it off there is Andrès (Julio Torres); gay, blue haired, adopted rich kid whose chocolate empire family wants him to marry his current cookie empire heir boyfriend. It is insane.

And then there are the people who hire this team to do some seriously weird shit. Each 30 minute episode is madder and more improbable than the one before, and yet it is hilarious, compulsive, ridiculous and endearing watching.

Look out for the seaside resort monster, the aliens, the bed swallowing, the real prince, the strange jobs that Tati does and gets fired from, the US has-been horror director, the internal water creature who does a deal based on needing to see The King’s Speech.

I love the creativity of this series. I love the originality of the script, performances and styling. I love its cheeky rebelliousness and wacky humour. I love the teamwork and air of shared vision. And I love the fact that I have never seen anything like it ever before.

Los Espookys is mad creativity at its TV best.

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