The movie

The movie Veronica debuted on Netflix on February 26, 2018. A Spanish movie based loosely on a true story, Veronica has quickly risen up the popularity ranks. Many on Twitter are proclaiming its outright horror.

This true story adaptation was filmed in the “found footage” style by Paco Plaza. The movie transports viewers into the life of Veronica. From a review on Bloody Disgusting:

Veronica is about a young woman who must protect her younger brother and sister after she attempts to bring back the spirit of their dead father through a Ouija ritual.

Always Say Good Bye

When using the spirit summoning tool known as a Ouija Board, it is critical to ALWAYS say “good-bye.”

The boards were mass produced by the Parker Brothers toy company as a seance and spirit summoning board game. The point of manufacture was, appropriately, Salem, Massachusetts.

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The folks at Talking Board Historical Society maintain a sense of humor about the boards.

But they have also posted six main rules that must be followed when playing. As posted on Twitter, the board rules that one must always follow are:

Without giving away too much of the movie, we’re guessing that Veronica did not exercise due diligence in following all the rules.

The Background

The true story that “Veronica” is based on happened in 1991. Known as the “Vallecas case,” the true story is documented in actual police reports. When her friend died in a motorcycle accident, Estafania Gutierrez Lazaro and her friends attempted to contact his spirit using a Ouija Board.

Lazaro had been a student at a Catholic boarding school in Madrid, Spain. A nun reportedly discovered the seance. She interrupted the girls and broke the game board in half.

After that, “all Hell broke loose” at the school and in Lazaro’s life. Lazaro suffered from “bizarre hallucinations, with dark, shadowy figures swirling around her.”

Doctors were unable to find anything wrong with Lazaro. Lazaro’s parents, friends, and doctors were baffled by her sudden death. A year after their daughter’s death, Lazaro’s parents were still experiencing paranormal activity.

The activity was reported in an actual police report. Officers witnessed unexplained loud noises, scratches on the wall, and the spontaneous combustion of a picture of Lazaro inside a frame.

Director Paco Plaza was interviewed at the 2017 International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, where he said:

In Spain it’s very popular, this story; as we say in the film, the only time a police officer has said he has witnessed something paranormal. And it’s written in a report with an official police stamp… it’s really impressive when you look at it.”

Mixed, and Mistaken, Reviews on Twitter

Many people accidentally tuned into a different Spanish film, also titled “Veronica.” That movie contains some randomly explicit scenes. Please use caution when looking for the horror film, especially if you are watching with teens or young adults. Foreign films, as a genre, tend to be much less prudish than American films — and for many Americans can be shocking, to say the least.

People that saw the scary one posted some of their thoughts on Twitter. Because this is based on a true story, it adds to the scariness of the production.

Viewers had mixed reactions, so reviews for the film were varied. Some viewers thought it was almost too scary to watch. Other viewers were totally unimpressed by it. Most seemed to have nothing truly negative to say about the movie, though they weren’t gushing. With most horror films being somewhat “cult classics” attracting somewhat targeted audiences, that’s a good ratio of reviews.

Watch the official movie trailer below:

 

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