Is 'Verónica' The Scariest Movie On Netflix?

Is 'Verónica' The Scariest Movie On Netflix?

I'll be sleeping with the lights on after watching this...

Being the movie buff that I am, I decided to attempt to watch “Verónica”, a movie that has recently been called the scariest movie on Netflix. While I figured that those self-proclaimed titles might just be clickbait, I bit anyways. I popped some popcorn, turned on all the lights, and settled in for a movie that I had hoped would change my view on scary movies forever. So did it? No, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a scary flick.

"Verónica" is a film based on the real-life police reports based on an unsolved case in Madrid in 1992. Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro was around 15 years old when she and her friends decided to play with a Ouija board in order to contact the late spirit of a friend’s boyfriend. Soon after the game, Lazaro began hallucinating, experiencing seizures, and claiming she was possessed. After six months of suffering, Lazaro randomly died at a hospital. The police and the family noticed “unexplainable” activity in the house following her death.

So yeah, the movie is based on this case. Creeped out yet?

The movie, while it changes the main character’s name from Estefania to Verónica (or Vero for short), condenses these incidents from six months to three days.

The movie, which is entirely in Spanish but contains English subtitles, starts off with a blank screen and a recap of the 911 call that we assume is made by the main character, Veronica. Once the call is over, the screen switches to show a group of police and detectives bursting into the house and stopping dead in their tracks after seeing something that makes them react like this.

We then cut to daytime, and the time card states that it is three days prior to the event that will take place. The movie changes slightly from the true story throughout the plot.

A quick synopsis: Verónica is the oldest (15) of four siblings: Irene (8?), Lucia (8?) and Antoñito (4?). Verónica acts as the mom of the house while her actual mother works opening and closing shifts every day at work. Their father passed years prior. On day one, Vero and her friends, Rosa and Diana, use the distraction of the solar eclipse to sneak away from their Catholic school and hold a seance so that they can contact their loved ones. The timing of the eclipse and the Ouija board cause some mighty powerful spirits to take over, and things, obviously, go downhill from there. (But when do things ever really go right for anyone with a Ouija board?)

The movie has some predictable jump scares and uses some classic horror movie tropes such as electronic disturbances, bumps in the night, and, of course, mother dearest doesn’t believe any of the occurrences are real. But the movie, directed by Paco Plaza, has a way of taking classic horror ideas and adding a fresh take to them. You’ll understand the moment you see, or don’t see, the shadow that may be possessing Verónica.

It’s a horror thriller with a twist you won’t expect coming. It’s fresh, it’s scary, but I wouldn’t say that it’s the scariest film ever. It's not even the scariest film on Netflix. (If you’re looking for unnerving horror, check out "Creep!", "Hush", "Quarantine", etc.) But I do think that this movie definitely deserves a place on the shelf as one of the scariest and disturbing films on Netflix right now.

I give it a 7.5/10. It’s worth the watch -- which I recommend doing with the lights on

Cover Image Credit: IMDB

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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