While not billed as a “Netflix Original”, the foreign horror flick “Veronica” dropped about a week ago and received some surprising viral promotion with a few news stories about how this film had received a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was lauded as incredibly terrifying and so on so forth, hype and bother, you know the drill.
I didn’t watch any trailers. I didn’t know the premise. I went in blind.
It’s best to see that film in that context.
But as I’m telling you my thoughts, you will at least want the premise: Veronica is the de facto head of a household, caring for her younger siblings as their single mother works a late job that prevents her from being involved. The teen girl is also mourning the loss of her father and uses a Ouija board but opens communication with an unfriendly spirit. And that, as they say, is where everything begins to unravel. The film is directed with meticulous care by Paco Plaza (.REC) and delivers on tension like few films dare. It takes it’s time and builds the tension, mixing it thick with atmosphere and a performance that draws you to care for the family unit on the whole.
8 out of 10, high recommendation.