The movie was put online earlier this week February 26 , and people have taken to Twitter to warn fellow users about their nail-biting viewing experience. They try to summon Veronica's father, but quickly realize that plan didn't work. This is what accentuates the true horror of it all, and gives non-believers a reason to doubt their sensibilities. If you really want to get shook up, check out the true police report from Madrid. While Veronica wasn't produced or acquired by Netflix -- it's not a like the recent wilderness horror sleeperÂ Â -- it did quietly pop up on the service after screening at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This builds in a tension to the whole movie, as you wait to see what it was that stopped the officer in his tracks. Is it worth all the hype? Instead, she died in a Madrid hospital in August 1991.
But somewhere around the midsection, when our protagonist has a long tête-à-tête with a ponderously creepy-for-no-reason blind nun dubbed Sister Death Consuelo Trujillo , the movie begins to play its cards a mite too slowly, with insufficient reward. Her parents reported that following her death their house became haunted, a phenomenon. The film can use its unofficial title to help itself receive longer shelf and queue time in the process. She may not be in the film much, but she is one of, if not the definitive standout of Veronica. In Toronto, Palm Springs film festivals. And, we find out right at the beginning that Veronica Guerin is feisty and charming and that she gets killed.
The slight whiff of non-fiction creates some compelling tension with the film's more dream-like touches. The film, which was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, quickly escalates as the teenagers are haunted by an evil supernatural force. Make it a double feature. Is Netflix's new horror movie based on actual events? And to be honest, taken as a whole, Veronica is just not as good as you want it to be. They set up a Ouija board and conduct a seance in the hopes of making contact with Verónica's deceased father. Was the father a good or bad person, and if bad, why would Verónica try to bring him back via a Ouija board? She also longs to talk to her absent father, a figure whose negative space fills a lot.
This crime thriller follows Guerin Cate Blanchett as she risks her own life in order to connect mobster Martin Cahill to a Dublin drug ring. Sister Death tells Verónica that she must find the proper way to end the seance she started with her friends, and only then will she have a chance to survive. While the acting is above-average, especially for a horror movie, and there are some frightening moments of haunting demonic imagery, this is basically another tale of teens unwittingly unleashing paranormal terror. She neglects her husband and child, she easily beguiles them into forgiving her, evidently because she is just so darn irresistibly perky that resistance is futile. The film has enough to stand on its own, thanks to the direction, performances and the creative nature of some of the scares.
Probably not the smartest thing to toy with. So what makes this movie special? As usual in most movies of this kind their attempt to communicate with the dead does not go so well. In no way shape or form does this film ever feel exploitive. Are the demons inside or outside poor Verónica? Is it really the scariest movie in a long time? It follows her home and drapes its long, lizard-like shadow over the children that have become her responsibility. Audiences took to Twitter to record their dread in real time, often talking about how they had to turn the movie off because it was so scary. Cate Blanchett brings her always-vibrant life force to the role, but the character never feels real. The movie features a couple of quite well known names, too.
Sandra Escacena who plays Verónica is great. It's telling that the demon is a man. The call is emerging from the household of Veronica Sandra Escacena , a 15-year old girl living in 1991 Madrid, Spain. Strangely, the film is bookended with claims that this based on a true story and how this was the first instance of a haunting being officially recognised on police records. Though later ghost encounters would receive the imprimatur of multiple witnesses and the police, the actual basis for the plot of Veronica is little more than an anecdote.
Written and directed by Paco Plaza of Rec series fame, the movie takes viewers to Madrid circa 1991 where, after the death of her father, 15-year-old Veronica Sandra Escacena plays caretaker to her three younger siblings as her mom works to make ends meet. Directed by: Paco Plaza Release Date: June, 2018 Run Time: 105 Minutes Country: Spain Distributor: Netflix. An elderly nun with opaque blinded eyes who attempts to exorcise the demons she senses inside the lead character will surely give nightmares to younger and more sensitive viewers. This comes through clearest of all during a moving scene where she, a child herself and worn down from the responsibilities placed on her, pleads with her mom to leave work early believing her presence makes the family safer. Teen girl attempts suicide with a mirror shard, bleeds from her hand. And that's about as deep as it goes. My 9-month-old is scarier than that.
Even though it's brief, Plaza's use of bookends and a flashback structure involving the police officer give the movie a sense of legitimacy. Alamode acquired the rights from London-based HanWay Films, which is handling worldwide sales. The film opens with text letting the viewer know that the events they're about to see are based on a police report filed on the events. The film is lensed in attractive black and white, with a camera that enacts a carefully considered dance around the two women. Far from being just another teen with an Ouija board, Veronica comes to life as we watch her dutifully yet lovingly wrangle her younger siblings. Film Review: 'Veronica' Reviewed online, San Francisco, March 2, 2018.
Scratches appeared on her body, and she became convinced that a monster was coming after her younger siblings. Paco Plaza has a gifted visual sense that can take something we might have seen time and time again, and make it completely fresh: a crucifix and pictures falling to the floor, menacing shadows on the walls and shower curtains, doors creaking open. Closing text asserts this is all based on real-world Spanish police files — which may well be true, but is rendered somewhat worthless by the ubiquity of such claims in contemporary horror films. Verónica is too busy to have the concerns of the average teenager, and her nascent sexuality is something she's had to actively ignore. Conclusion In short, we finally come to the answer of that much-asked question: is Veronica truly the scariest film ever made? Seeks to be about more than your average haunted house movie.
Relatively unknown Spanish actor Sandra Escacena plays the lead role of Veronica. Teen girl has a nightmare in which her younger siblings are eating her alive. For example, there's a great shot of Veronica running across pavement that suddenly turns into the pages of an occult manual she was just reading. Scenes of traumatized children screaming, crying as they try to escape from the terrors unleashed in their apartment. The demon is a specter of unwanted maturity. As the movie progresses we see that it follows most of the common threads that movies of this type often follow themselves.