Veronica, Netflix’s New Horror Film, Deserves Your Attention

Netflix' Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.
Netflix’ Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.

YBLTV Review: Veronica

Loved watching the Oscars tonight? Now, be sure to tune in to Netflix afterwards. Netflix has a new horror film in its repertoire, Veronica, pretty much making everyone delirious from how supposedly scary it is. Now I don’t really go for horror films all that much, but the hype was worth the time invested. It’s been touted as the “scariest horror film ever,” but how does it hold up?

Veronica is an odd, coming-of-age story. There are many innocent themes of childhood and the problems of puberty paralleled by the evil encountered in the story, a la It. This film is set in the 90’s and very much feels like it. The titular main character, Veronica, even had glow in the dark stars on the ceiling. The soundtrack keeps the tension high and also wonderfully incorporates the 90’s atmosphere. Although, there were a few cheesy montages that felt too much like the 90’s.

Veronica had very clever cinematography. There’s a scene where the camera is spinning around from the point of view of the Ouija board, capturing the stunned looks of the characters circling it. Stunning camera work makes up for decent effects, although the film rarely had to use effects. This worked in the film’s favor, as Veronica really shines with its anticipation.

“Hell yes, you need to give Veronica a watch,” – William Fraser, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer

The film relies more on obscured suspense, rather than visual horror, which is the central theme of the movie. For instance, we can never truly see the “monster,” the nun is blind, and even the characters in the film are constricted in what they are able to perceive. This is the true strength of the film, tying back to my first impressions of awesome cinematography. The camera truly tells a story, without saying a word.

Subtitles are only bearable in moderation, there’s no way around it. It robs the horror movie of its most basic cinema sense: visual. There’s a scene where the nun says “follow my finger,” except I, as the viewer, cannot because I’m too busy reading subtitles. It’s not like it’s too difficult to keep up with the reading, but I felt like it robbed it from being  a truly awesome horror film, from an English speaker’s perspective. But God knows an English version would kill the charm of the original.

Netflix' Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.
Netflix’ Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.

Overall, I give it a 7/10. I was about to give it a 6.5, but it definitely fought back against typical horror film stereotypes, without totally renovating the genre, which I greatly appreciate. Hell yes, you need to give Veronica a watch, but don’t go in thinking this movie will be mind-blowing.

Pros

  • 90’s era charm without heavy-handedness
  • Clever camera-work
  • Unrelenting suspense throughout the film

Cons

  • Subtitles rob the movie of its visual nuances

Final Thoughts

Hell yes, you need to give Veronica a watch!!

Netflix' Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.
Netflix’ Veronica. YBLTV Review by William Fraser.

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