KM 31 (2006) Reviews and overview

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‘Look beyond what your eyes can see’

KM 31 – or Kilómetro 31 is a 2006 Mexican supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Rigoberto Castaneda.

The film is inspired by the Crying Woman legend (La Llorona) and legends about highway ghosts. It was the first mainstream horror film to be produced in Mexico for around twenty years and was a substantial box office hit.


Following a terrible road accident Agata is left in a coma – and twin sister Catalina begins to experience the pain and terror that her unconscious sibling is going through… Catalina is compelled to solve the mystery of her twin sister’s accident at highway KM 31.

Following a series of terrifying events, Catalina feels their psychic link growing stronger and that Agata is screaming for help from her unconscious state. With help from friends and a police investigator, they uncover a legacy of violent deaths and mysterious disappearances.

They discover tales of vengeful ghosts and malign spirits that prowl KM 31 and who are said to prey on travellers… It seems that Agata is trapped between life and death, between reality and a terrible netherworld of evil spirits and ancient legend…



“The central ghost story works very well, with the switch between sinister and mundane keeping the audience hooked. In terms of mood, it is masterful, however, the film falls down slightly due to a surfeit of subplots.” Eye For Film

“The extensive visuals are slick, the cameras spin in and out of manhole covers and around characters and people shimmer in and out of view. Admittedly it’s fused with a certain smouldering, dark catholic charm (when did Mexico get all modern-looking?), but the visuals are pure J-Horror.” Den of Geek


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“Echoes of Don’t Look Now and The Sixth Sense … genuinely disturbing.” Glasgow Herald

“Consistently scary.” Sight & Sound

“A dark and affecting, intelligent and genuinely innovative. A creepy, intense and ultimately disturbing ghost story.” Little White Lies

“Astonishing special effects…creates a sustained sense of eeriness. Slick and well-crafted.” Film4

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“Awesome!!! Sends goosebumps down your spine when you’re not leaping out of your skin. Makes The Ring look like an episode of Lazy Town!” Gorezone

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