A new Netflix horror film has horror fans proclaiming it to be the scariest film ever made. Veronica, a new Spanish language horror movie directed by Paco Plaza, has people turning it off before even finishing because it is proving to be so frightening. The Hollywood Reporter says Veronica has “some great child performances, plenty of stylistic chutzpah and a strong sense of place.”
Since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Veronica has received almost universal acclaim from critics and horror fans alike. The film follows a young girl who uses a Ouija board to contact the dead. Unfortunately, she connects with the wrong spirit and faces supernatural challenges that are both frightening and unnerving.
The Netflix horror film is yet another movie that is “based on actual events,” however the director is obviously taking some liberties with what actually happened. As the story goes, in 1992 a young girl called 911 after playing with a Ouija board. She was then hospitalized, but died shortly after.
Veronica, like other horror films before it, plays on the tropes of psychological horror, making the viewer wonder if everything happening is real or not.
The Netflix horror film features such familiar horror elements as a ouija board, possession, a blood-stained mattress, and even an exposition spouting, smoking nun named Sister Narciso.
Norman Wilner, film critic for Toronto Now, says Veronica “likely owes more to Plaza wearing out his videotapes of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Prince Of Darkness and Witchboard as a kid.”
Paco Plaza previously co-directed the Spanish found footage horror film, [REC] with Jaume Balagueró. [REC] was later remade in the United states as Quarantine. Plaza’s first solo directorial effort was [REC] 3: Genesis.
The Netflix horror film currently holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising Paco Plaza’s direction, particularly his eye for 90’s period detail.
People have reacted to the film on Twitter as well, sharing their own reactions to what may be the scariest film made so far this year.
However, some Twitter users disagree with the assertion that this may be the scariest film ever made, with one user saying “my nine month old is scarier than that.”
Time may tell if Veronica really is as horrifying as the critics and horror fans say it is, but for now, it sounds like people who enjoy being scared should definitely check it out.