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With: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero, Ana Torrent, Consuelo Trujillo, Sonia Almarcha, Maru Valduvielso, Leticia Dolera, Ángela Fabián, Samuel Romero, Carla Campra
Written by: Fernando Navarro
Directed by: Paco Plaza
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 105
Date: 08/25/2017

Veronica (2017)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Fishy Eclipse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In the summer of 2018, news outlets began reporting that Paco Plaza's Veronica was so scary that Netflix viewers couldn't even finish watching it. News like that is catnip for horror fans, but the truth is that, though the movie isn't as scary as all that, it's still quite good. It has a fine touch for horror that grows organically out of ordinary situations. Apparently based on a spine-tingling true story, it's set in 1991, in Madrid. (The movie is best viewed in Spanish with English subtitles.) The title character (Sandra Escacena) is a 15 year-old who is in charge of her three younger siblings while her widowed mother works. At school, during a solar eclipse, she sneaks into the basement with two friends to speak to her dead father via a Ouija board. Of course, that goes spectacularly wrong, and all kinds of creepy, hair-raising things start happening around the house. The movie ends with what appear to be photographs from the real-life incident, leaving viewers with genuine chills.

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