Back in 2016, Saturday Night Live hired an openly gay, Latino writer named Julio Torres. Three years in, Torres might be about to change the comedy game for good.
His new series Los Espookys, co-written with SNL’s Fred Armisen and Ana Fabrega, premiered on HBO on 14 June and it’s as camp as it can be.
Set in a fictional Latin American country, the show is shifting the WASP-centric paradigm of television. For starters, the irreverent, absurd dialogues are mostly in Spanish.
The show ‘follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it’.
Los Espookys takes place in ‘a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life’.
Who is Julio Torres?
Julio Torres, of Salvadorean descent, was one of the masterminds behind one of the best skits of this season of SNL. In April, Oscar-winning star Emma Stone played secondary character Deirdre on a gay porn movie.
In Los Espookys, Torres plays blue-haired, gay character Andres.
He’s the make effects guru of the horror crew and heir to a candy fortune with a mysterious past. Andres is hiding a secret behind his sultry pout and a seemingly emotionally unavailable attitude.
In the trailer, his fiance Juan Carlos (José Pablo Minor) has an oddly specific request for him.
‘Andres, promise me you’re not doing something weird and spooky,’ the man begs Andres.
‘I trust your priorities will change once we’re married,’ he then adds.
And a quick glance at the clip is enough to grasp that Andres is definitely involved in something as sketchy as a fake kidnapping.
Salvador Dalí dreamy paintings coming to life
When the crew turns their horror fantasies into reality, the setting changes to match what you’d expect if a Salvador Dalí painting came to life. A desert landscape with several mirrors defying the laws of physics as we know it.
Co-creators Ana Fabrega and Fred Armisen, who also exec produced the series, star as Tati and Tico respectively.
Armisen, a true SNL legend, is the big name that may attract viewers, but this is very much Fabrega and Torres’s series. And it shows.
Think of Alien Autopsy meets What We Do In The Shadows meets an 80s telenovela.
If you’re more than willing to put up with some apparent nonsense, Los Espookys will reward you as one of the most layered, smartest shows there are on TV right now.
Los Espookys airs Friday nights at 11pm on HBO. It is also streamable on demand and via HBO GO and HBO Now.