In 1991 Madrid, after holding a séance at school, a teen girl minding her younger siblings at home suspects an evil force has entered their apartment.
Director: Paco Plaza, Carlos Algara, Alejandro Martinez-Belt
Starring: Ana Torrent, Paco Plaza, Sandra Escacena, Claudia Placer, Bruna González, Iván Chavero, Consuelo Trujillo, Ivan Chavero, Bruna Gonzalez, Olga Segura, Sofia Garza, Arcelia Ramirez, Horacio Castelo
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80109295
This review is part of our month of International Movies at New on Netflix.
Loosely based on what came to be known as the “Vallecas Case” by Spanish-language paranormal sites. ‘Veronica’ tells the story of a 15-year-old girl that takes care of her 3 younger siblings while her mother works long shifts. One day at school during a solar eclipse, Veronica and two friends perform a seance. Everything starts to turn upside down when Veronica gets possessed in the process.
First off the cast is incredible, Sandra Escacena does an amazing job as the leading role, and you start to care for her more and more as the film goes on, as you see Veronica go from slowly getting possessed, scaring away her friends and family, to protecting her family from herself under any circumstances. While Claudia Placer, Bruna González, and Iván Chavero are brilliant at portraying her younger siblings.
Then there are the cinematography and CGI effects, this movie definitely has the best visuals in a horror movie I’ve ever seen. As we don’t do spoilers I won’t go into too much detail, but there are some CGI moments, although these are few and far between. It was the best CGI I’ve seen in a horror movie. The editing is fantastic as well, everything was well put together. Again I don’t want to spoil the movie but there is one scene that shows some ceiling lights morph into the eclipse and then that morphs into a small flashlight, the way all three of those things morphed into each other was just brilliantly executed.
In most possession movies there is hardly any concentration on the story and character development but there is an insane amount of jump scares. In Veronica, it is the complete opposite. Whilst Veronica is not an original idea it’s your typical film of someone that gets possessed this one keeps the jump scares to a minimum, and tells the story without any plot holes and great character development.
Veronica has been highly publicised as being “the scariest movie on Netflix” by many websites. So is Veronica the scariest horror film ever made? I don’t think it is, in fact, I’m not even sure if it is the scariest horror film on Netflix, however, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. I would totally recommend watching Veronica with friends and just enjoy it for what it is a great cinematic experience.
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