November 28, 2023

New Version of ‘The Black Octopus’ Announced

El Pulpo Negro

As part of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the new version of The Black Octopus (El Pulpo Negrowas announced. The suspense miniseries starring “Master of Horror” Narciso Ibáñez Menta, broke all the audience records in Argentina in the 80s.

El Pulpo Negro Poster

The project is a co-production between Argentina, Spain and New Zealand and will be a feature film and a tv series. It will bring together the main exponents of horror films in Iberoamerica.

The script will be written by Luis Murillo, the original author of The Black Octopus, who along with his son Luis Murillo Arias (screenwriter of El Internado, the successful series of Antena 3) will maintain the spirit of the legendary series of the ’80s adjusting it into a modern version for the current times.

The Black Octopus will be directed by brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti (Abrakadabra, What the Waters Left Behind, Francesca), who received the “Best Promising Directors” award the last year SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and who have been named as the new “wonder boys” of the Argentinian horror cinema by the international press.

The project will be produced by 16: 9 Cine and Black Mandala, with the support of Hernán Moyano (Cold Sweat, Penumbra), one of the main references of Latin American genre film, along with Roberta Sanchez, who also carry out the upcoming production Under your Feet, it will be co-produced by Warner Bros., Haddock Films and Tornasol Films.

El Pulpo Negro Cast

*  from left to right Ralph Haiek (INCAA president), Nicolas Onetti (Director), Luis Murillo Arias (scriptwriter), Angel Sala (Director of Sitges film festival) y Javier Fernandez Cuarto (Blood Window) during the presentation of the projecten at 71º Cannes film festival.  

The Black Octopus will have the support of SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, the most important fantasy and horror festival in the world, and Blood Window, the platform for the promotion of Latin American talents specialized in fantasy films.

* Concepts: Lucho Martínez y Flavio Greco Paglia

For more information about The Black Octopus (El Pulpo Negrocheck out the film’s Facebook page:


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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