“God has nothing to do with it. Leave Him out of it.” – Sister Death
I love headlines that say things like this New Netflix Horror Film Is So Terrifying People Are Having To Turn It Off, they do exactly what they want you to do, watch the movie to see how “Terrifying” it really is. VERÓNICA is being compared to The Conjuring, which is one of my top 10 Horror Movies. I can see how they are comparing it, it’s very similar, in fact almost too similar. Rotten Tomatoes is100%, which at the time of me writing this was based on 12 reviews, Average Rating: 7.5/10. The Audience Score is only 73%, Average Rating 3.9/5 from 134 User Ratings.
Movies starting with the ending always make me wonder if they are worth watching, but I continued through this, primarily because of the hype. This movie is allegedly based on an actual police report in 1992; if I cared enough I’d probably dig to see that report. Being in European Spanish is fine, I understand enough Spanish to get the jist, and the subtitles were there helping along the way when I didn’t.
I think my favorite thing about the movie was the low-tech effects and the minimal CGI, it’s reminiscent of movies like the original Poltergeist movies, and Halloween. The children actors were fun, and I wondered how much of their interactions weren’t scripted, which made them feel more real. Sandra Escacena didn’t overplay her role as I’ve seen in so many recent horror movies of this type; I didn’t feel the need to gag at any point because of the overabundance of cheese.
A few scenes made me shake my head just because I didn’t understand the point of them. And some it felt too familiar to other possession movies. All in all, I enjoyed VERÓNICA. But was it so scary at any point that I needed to turn it off? No. I do recommend it, and gave it 4 Stars (out of 5), check it out on NETFLIX.
Movie Info (taken from Rotten Tomatoes): Veronica has taken care of her little brother and sister since the death of their father. One day during a total eclipse of the sun, Veronica and two friends decide to make a Ouija board in order to invoke her father’s spirit. At the very peak of the eclipse, the glass shatters. Veronica enters a kind of trance and passes out, frightening her friends. Veronica recovers and goes home. But there, she starts to pick up on slight changes: objects that move, breathing in the dark… And she’s still unaware of the horrific outcome that awaits her.