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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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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