So, for several days now, I have been hearing about this film called Veronica. Supposedly, it’s been scaring people so much, that they turn off the film before ever even finishing it. Right away, that puts some pretty high expectations on a horror film. Of course, I was going to watch it.
I just finished the film and the main thing that I have to say is this: if you are one of the people who agree that The Exorcist is the scariest film ever made, then Veronica will probably scare the living shit out of you. If, like me, you recognize that The Exorcist is known as one of the scariest films of all time, but the film itself doesn’t actually scare you, then Veronica will probably just make you tense for the duration of the film. At least, that was my experience.
In my many years of being a horror film enthusiast, I have found that those scared most by The Exorcist have been people who grew up with religion being present in their lives. Veronica, I feel, is the same way. Visually, it’s very good. The film is excellent at building tension. The last twenty minutes or so, I would say, is the movie’s strongest point.
As far as being terrified, I was not. Sure, I gasped a couple of times. I mean, I’m a sucker for those “there’s something behind you” shots. They get me every time. But, overall, I was expecting much more. That’s not to say that I won’t think about this film once it’s time for me to go to bed. Because, just like every other horror film I have ever watched, this one will slip back into my mind just as I’m about to fall asleep and I’ll have to sleep with some kind of light on. Does that mean this movie frightened me, though? Not necessarily. What that does mean is that my mind plays tricks on me even more than usual after seeing any kind of horror film, whether I was scared or not. But, I’m getting off topic.
Anyway, have you watched the film? Are you one of the people who turned it off before it ended? And, in line with horror films, what’s the scariest one you’ve ever seen? I’d love to know!
*You can currently watch Veronica on Netflix.