Veronica, which is a Spanish horror film that has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is now available on Netflix.
The movie is about a girl who is raising her siblings because her father passed away and her mom is busy with work all the time. One day she decides to forgo her parenting duties to try and invoke her father’s spirit using a Ouija board with some friends.
Naturally, things take a turn for the worse, as Veronica enters some sort of possessed, trance-like state. However, she seems to recover and return home, only to realize that things are not how they used to be.
This is where the story gets really scary and, judging by the trailer above, dangerous for Veronica and her siblings. The best (or worst) part of this insanely frightening movie is that it’s based on a true story.
In 1990 a woman mysteriously died after playing with a Ouija board and began suffering seizures, seeing shadowy figures, and barking at things.
Whether or not the story really is true, critics loved the movie, which garnered purely positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Check out a selection of the reactions below.
Luis Miguel Cruz / Cine Premiere
The movie is far from the great classics of the subgenre, but has notable elements that make it a good alternative for those who enjoy these kinds of films.
Norman Wilner / NOW Toronto
Supposedly based on actual events, Verónica likely owes more to [Paco] Plaza wearing out his videotapes of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Prince Of Darkness and Witchboard as a kid. Turns out imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.
Luis Martínez / El Mundo
A deeply religious and therefore terrifying film.
Jared Mobarak / The Film Stage
At the end of the day a horror film is successful if it can make your heart pound out of your chest. And for most of Verónica, Plaza and Navarro do exactly that.
Jonathan Holland / Hollywood Reporter
Aided by some great child performances, plenty of stylistic chutzpah and a strong sense of place, [Plaza] makes it work, despite the project’s overall lack of finesse.
Andrea G. Bermejo / Cinemania
Regardless of whether or not you believe in spirits, you will believe ‘Veronica’. It brings horror to the known, to what is ours. And it’s very scary.
David Nusair / Reel Film Reviews
Plaza delivers a consistently engaging narrative that only grows more and more compelling as time progresses
José Mariín / El antepenúltimo mohicano
One of the best Spanish films of the year, as effective as entertainment as valuable on an artistic level
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