Right at the beginning, we learn that the script was based on a true event that happened in the early 1990s in Madrid. However, if you are interested in what was really going on here, understand that the film does not necessarily follow the actual events. It is permissible to take the basic idea and thus build a more accessible and interesting story, because we are talking about a movie instead of a documentary series. So doing a true event is just one of the element of horror that only serves to create the mindset that it really played out as portrayed, with the aim of giving the story a better impression and getting you under your skin. Deviation from actual events is not the result of the director’s uninformation, but the freedom to express his vision of what is happening.
With no father figure in her life and a mother who works all day to ensure a normal life, Veronica takes on the role of a parent on a daily basis, so she has to take care of naughty younger family members. She also does not have time to enjoy all the benefits of her teenage years.
The girl misses her late father, so she buys an ouija board at the kiosk. During an eclipse at school, Veronica and two friends decide to summon the spirit of Veronica’s father and the spirit of their late friend. The séance works, too well and what Veronica lets out is something dark that starts haunting her and her family.
The reason why “Veronica” is different from other ouija-demonic-The Conjuring films is not the story itself. You’ve seen, heard, and read the story 1,000 times before, but that shouldn’t be a reason to bypass this Spanish horror. The cinematography throughout the movie is really interesting, because it’s not something you see every day. From the very beginning to the end, the movie looks fantastic with the help of audio and visual effects, as well as camera tricks. The horror segments are visually very interesting.
Of course, there are all the elements we always see, including jumpscare moments. But what is phenomenal and scary at the same time is that after the jumpscare the moment the horror continues and you are forced to watch it for the next few minutes. That might be why people reportedly couldn’t make it to the end, so they had to stop watching. Nobody can predict when you will be scared here, because just when you think that the situation will calm down a little now, on the contrary, something that you could not assume will happen. You need to pay special attention to a couple of scenes to understand what is camouflaged in the frame.
Usually in horror movies when characters are scared, without thinking, they run away from the supernatural, usually up to the stairs. This is not the case in this movie, because Veronica often runs to encounter the evil to stop him from hurting her loved ones.
The story is made that we, as an audience, do not know at all how much of this is actually happening in reality and how much is in Veronica’s mind. Therefore, there is a non-dismissive option that says Veronica is under a lot of pressure and is struggling with depression, so the entire movie could be seen as a psychological state of a minor seeking her purification and ultimate peace.
The conclusion is that “Veronica” is neither the scariest movie in the world nor the best horror ever made. However, it still deserves attention, definitely more than some typical Hollywood ouija board movies that are just a copy of the copy. The acting is extraordinary, there are also creepy and scary violent moments, sometimes perhaps too vain dialogue and paranormal abuse that you will not soon forget. And if you neglect the “paranormal” side of the story and prefer to psychologically analyze all the events, you will certainly not be bored.
This, of course, does not mean that the film will be an eternal inspiration and theme of philosophy, but at least it will offer a deeper theme than the rest. Until the Plaza surprises us with a new movie (hopefully it won’t be on Netflix), take some time to come to a conclusion.
The review website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating from critics, whereas for the audience gives the film a low score of 48%. The website’s critical consensus reads, “A scarily effective horror outing, Veronica proves it doesn’t take fancy or exotic ingredients to craft skin-crawling genre thrills.” As for the audience score on IMDb, gave it an average score of 6.2 out of 10 based on 32,476 reviews.