Netflix has just dropped a ton of new content, but it was a release last week that had everyone talking. Veronica, the Spanish horror movie, hit the streaming service on February 26 and viewers were immediately hooked. Critics and Netflix fans alike are raving about it, heralding Paco Plaza, it’s director, as a genius for creating what is being dubbed ‘the scariest horror movie ever’.Fright fans will remember Paco of course as the director of REC in 2007. While Veronica is slightly different to REC, it is no less impressive. So why is everyone freaking out? Telling the story of a young girl, who has to raise her younger siblings as her mother is absent, it takes familiar horror tropes and adds a dose of reality.
What Is Veronica About?
“Veronica” is a fictional horror movie that recently arrived on Netflix. The film is reportedly so terrifying that people are turning it off before finishing it (though not everyone finds it scary). But is it really based on a true story?
The movie’s versions of events take place in 1991 Madrid, where a girl named Veronica holds a séance with her friends at high school. Later, while babysitting her siblings at home, Veronica begins experiencing terrifying supernatural events.
“Veronica” touts itself as a movie based on true events and a real police report. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what transpired in Spain more than two decades ago.
Young Veronica and her friends take a break from looking after the siblings and mess about with the Ouija board during a solar eclipse – worse time, who knew?
Trying to summon the spirit of a dead friend’s ex, they accidentally disturb the spirit of her dead father – and then something, or rather someone, else.
The movie has all the usual things from lurking in the shadows to things skittering about, objects moving and a blind nun.
Real Story Behind “Veronica”.
Veronica is based on a girl named Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro.
But who was Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro and how did she die? Here’s what we know…
Veronica is supposedly based on the true story of a young girl in Vallecas, south Madrid, who died after playing with a Ouija board in 1990.
According to her parents, Estefania started dabbling in the occult as a teenager.
This led to her performing a seance at school – to try and contact one of her friends’ boyfriends, who had recently died in a motorbiking accident.
The ritual was interrupted by a teacher, but the group describe seeing a strange smoke going up through Estefania’s mouth and nose.
Over the following six months, Estefania started suffering from seizures and hallucinations.
She would sometimes go into a rage, barking at her brothers, or would tell her parents she saw “evil” shadows walking past her room at night.
Her worried parents took their daughter to see several doctors, but none of them could find anything physically wrong with her.
A few months later, she was found dead in her bedroom – her death completely unexplained.
Her parents said they thought her death had something to do with the Ouija board, and started to experience strange goings on in their own house afterwards.
They were haunted by slamming doors, electric appliances switching on and off, and a mysterious faint whispering. Once they moved house, all this is said to have stopped.
There’s the normal horror tropes; the glass breaks on the board, objects take on a life of their own, red stuff pours from Veronica’s mouth (it’s actually meatballs she ate for tea) and a blind cigarette smoking nun turns up.
What is the scariest part in Veronica?
When Vero and her classmates start losing control of their basement séance, she quickly becomes the demon’s unwilling vessel. For whatever reason, it has chosen Veronica, and when the lights stop flashing and everything goes dark, the two other girls use flashlights to search for her in the black. They find her on the floor. Unresponsive and murmuring something indecipherable, Veronica snaps back to consciousness with a deep-throated, monstrous wail. Her face is the only thing spotlighted by the flashlights, and even though you know it’s coming — even though you’ve seen the image on the damn poster! — the satanic shriek will throw you back in your chair.