Why The New Netflix Horror Movie ‘Veronica’ Is Not Worth Watching
Netflix recently released a new horror movie, one that has become so popular that, according to most reviews, people who watch it don’t often finish it because it is ‘too scary.’ I think otherwise. This movie is neither scary nor is it any different from other paranormal movies.
(WARNING: Spoilers are coming in the next paragraphs. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want me to ruin it for you, stop right here. Watch the movie and come back to this article. If you don’t care, well, let’s go ahead and pick at this movie.)
“Veronica” is a fiction Spanish movie, although there have been claims that it was based on true events and is supported by police reports. It is the story of a 15-year-old high school girl who plays the Ouija board with two of her classmates during the eclipse. There is a superstitious belief that if someone messes with the Ouija board during the eclipse, the consequences are appalling. Veronica, the main character, encounters supernatural forces after she and her friends play with the board.
The plot of “Veronica” is no different than other paranormal movies in the industry. It is extremely predictable. We have a teenage girl who grew up in a single-parent household and is somewhat different from her peers; a mother who spends most of her time at work to provide for her children; three innocent, oblivious younger siblings who will soon be put in the middle of the paranormal fiasco; and of course, a supporting character who almost seems like another oblivious, unimportant character, but who knows something more than what the main character does.
After playing with the board, Veronica has an ‘episode’ in the basement of their school. Her friends didn’t know what to do–to call for help and get in trouble, or just wait until Veronica got better. While this is happening, Veronica whispers something to her friend Rosa, which was not revealed until later in the movie. After this incident, Rosa seemed to be so distant from Veronica and avoided her throughout the entire movie–something that didn’t make any sense at all and made me question the kind of ‘friendship’ they have.
The soundtrack is interesting. It is almost like a classical-orchestra-action movie soundtrack, and it played while Veronica was running around the city, trying to figure out how to escape the mess she created.
Overall, Veronica is no different from other horror movies. It does not contain anything special or ‘thriller’ like as other good horror/thriller/paranormal movies. If they are trying to out ‘scary’ some really great horror/paranormal movies, I think they should try to stay away from the Ouija board and a single-parent household because that is one of the most common themes that horror movies have.