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Veronica: the most terrifying movie on Netflix?

You may have seen a few articles swirling around the Internet about the film Veronica, dubbed Netflix's most terrifying and disturbing horror film to date. Being a horror film fan myself, I decided to watch it and see what all the fuss is about.

*Possible spoilers*

There have been a lot of clickbait articles weaving their way through the Interwebz about Veronica since it released on Netflix recently:

Set in early 90's Madrid, teen Veronica and her friends hold a seance at their school on the day of a solar eclipse, supposedly a day ripe for the occult, and things go a little awry.  She returns home to babysit her many siblings and soon starts to feel as though there is a presence in their home.

The Internet has been putting a lot of emphasis on the idea that Veronica is all the more scary since it is based on true events. The movie does take inspiration from the 1991 Vallecas case, which was the only official police report that ever had detectives actually admitting to experiencing paranormal activity. While the case is real, even the director of the movie admits there are many inconsistencies with the story.

So, the plot sounds like your regular demonic possession-type film, right? This isn't so far from the truth. What is it that is making these think-piece writers slam their laptops closed in pure, spine-chilling fear?

Don't get me wrong, there are some creepy scenes in this movie and I thought that for the most part, it was pretty well acted.

I find that horror movies love to use the religious girls' school cliche, because they get to throw a nun in there (which makes me laugh because it's exactly the kind of high school I went to myself). Lo and behold, a nun shows up eventually... But this time she's blind. And she smokes.

C: Veronica, Netflix 2017

She's a bit of a creepy trope since she just kind of shows up out of nowhere; we also learn later that she may be blind, but she can still see some things... Spooky.

There's everything from Vero going into creepy trances, people's jaws stretching wide enough to fit a baby's head inside to finding mysterious blood-like stains under all the kid's mattresses. A true, jump-scary tale of demonic possession. Luckily, Vero conveniently picks up a magazine on the occult from her local newspaper stand (is that a Madrid thing?)

The film is definitely tense at parts, well acted and doesn't over-use the jump scares, which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to horror films.

On the enjoyability scale, I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10. On the crap-your-pants fear scale? I'd give it a 6 at a push.

If you fancy a goosey at the trailer for Veronica, you can watch it here and decide if you're brave enough to take the plunge. Let me know in the comments if you watch it (and if you make it to the end!)

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