Scary movies have a way of getting us to violently shut down our laptops, switch on the lights and cling to the safety of our blankets.  To be honest, no matter how scared we get, we keep subjecting ourselves to this in an infinite loop. Verónica is a story which is loosely based on a real-life incident which occurred back in the year 1992 in Madrid. The case of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro remains unsolved as of now, and it is the first case in Spain where a policeman has reported seeing a paranormal occurrence in real life. Her story is one which is quite well-known in Spain.


Veronica is the sole caretaker of her siblings, given her overworked/absent mother and recently deceased father. On the day of a major solar eclipse, a phenomenon which many religions consider to be apt for human sacrifice, she performs a séance with the help of her friends. Although she meant to contact her late father, she ends up reaching a malevolent entity which forms the crux of the story. She soon realizes something is amiss and sets about to do right to what she did wrong. With no one by her side (apart from her siblings), this burden becomes too much for someone so young to bear.

In my opinion, Verónica is one of Paco Plaza’s finest works. The story is intricately woven with enough jump scares to scare the living daylights out of you.

The cast of this movie has done a brilliant job with regard to the acting. Their emotions can be felt as strongly as if they were ours. Verónica is not the scariest movie out there, but it is one which leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

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