El Sanatorio

Synopsis: A group of friends decide to make a documentary about the ghosts that are supposed to be haunting The Sanatorium in Costa Rica, things get creepy when the arrive to the place.
Genre: Comedy, Horror
73 min

The Duran Sanatorium opened

its doors in 1919.

It was a hospital for TB patients,

located in Cartago, Costa Rica.

Since it opened, stories of strange deaths,

disappearances, ghosts, have given it a

horrific reputation.

Ghost Scares Patients

The place has become an urban legend.

Some claim to have seen things,

others say it's all lies.

Ghost Nun in the Sanatorium

In October 2010, a group of youngsters started

a documentary to film the ghosts that live

in the Sanatorium.

They never finished it...

I was interned at the

Sanatorium around 1962.

It was around when Kennedy came and there

were lots of ashes from the volcano in Cartago.

So, I was sent to the Sanatorium,

cause I got infected with tuberculosis.

While you were there,

did you happen to see anything?

Since we were a bunch of

patients sharing a ward,

some said there was a ghost nun

walking through the halls

she'd take off her headdress

and did strange things, and she was ugly!

In fact, she was so ugly and scary

that the majority of

patients died there...

but they didn't die

because of the disease.

They were scared to death by

such a horrible sight.

Of course I saw something!

You bet I saw something.

One night I was laying

down with fever

and I heard a voice calling me,


And then I saw a

shadow come over me.

So I started praying,

I was scared shitless.

Suddenly, the voice came back,

now on this side, "Juanciiitooo,"

and then from the opposite side,


Hey, wait a minute, pay

attention here.

If you are here for an interview,

do not make fun of me.

I'd love to see

you in that scenario.

"Juanciiitooo," you'd crap your pants.

Take good care,

may God be with you.

-Thanks, bye.


You're an ass, why did you

have to laugh in his face?

I couldn't help it, it was

too funny!

So, do you believe

his story?

The shadow story

or the ghost nun story?

The Shadow story.

Not really. He had TB,

and was boiling with fever.

You're right, it sounded

pretty unbelievable.

What about the ghost nun?

Well that one was the same legend as

the one from St. John's Hospital.

You think it's the same story?

Sure it's the same ghost nun.

When the Sanatorium shut down, the ghost

nun requested a transfer to St. John's hospital.

You are such an idiot.

Where did you find

that old fart anyway?

The guy is friends

with my grandma.

Some friends she has!

The Sanatorium

Well, you know, I'm a journalist.

Part of my job is doing chronicles,

so, I was sent to spend a night

at the Sanatorium.

Record sounds, take pictures,

just hang out over there.

Did something happen

while you were there?

Well, lots of things.

It started with a strange smell,

a foul smell.

The vibe was tense and heavy.

Besides the smell, what

else did you experience?

Well, right after the foul smell,

I started taking pictures.

I was really confused.

There were shadows and

strange silhouettes.

The freakiest thing,

was hearing the voices of children.

Voices of children?

You know the Sanatorium

became an orphanage, right?

No, we didn't.

Parents used to abandon kids

at the Sanatorium doorstep.

Going back to the voices of kids,

what was that about?

Going back to the voices of kids,

what was that about?

Well, their voices, I could hear them,

I was scared, really scared.

I pulled out my sound recorder,

but it didn't register the voices.

Did anything else happen?

What do you mean, "anything else?"

Picture yourself there.

Weird sounds, the foul smell,

the weird vibe, little kids talking to you.

I was scared out of my mind!

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