Netflix’s latest horror movie Veronica is being touted as one of the scariest films of the year – and it gets even scarier when you realise it’s based on a true story.
The film, directed by REC mastermind Paco Plaza, tells the story of Veronica (played by Sandra Escacena), who, for some ridiculous reason, uses a ouija board during a solar eclipse and then tries to summon the spirit of a dead friend who died in a motorcycle accident.
However, she and her friends accidentally disturb the spirit of Veronica’s dead father and summon a sinister demon.
The credits of the film announce: ‘This story is based on the police report filed by the detective in charge of the case’ – meaning s*** went down in real life, and that makes us want our mamas.
The case is known as the ‘Vallecas case’, which takes the name from the neighbourhood in Madrid where a young girl named Estefania Gutierrez Lazari reportedly performed a seance to summon a classmate who died in a motorcycle accident.
A nun interrupted the fun ‘ol paranormal activity and broke the ouija board, but after playing the game, Estefania complained to her parents about hallucinations and hearing voices, as well as convulsing.
No doctors could figure out what was wrong with her – and in August 1991, two months after the ouija board incident, Estefania died a ‘sudden and suspicious death’ in the Gregorio Maranon Hospital.
Estefania’s parents called the police a year after her death, claiming to have seen shadows looming in their home and door slamming on their own.
In the police report, four officers cited seeing doors open in an ‘unnatural way’, a Jesus separated from his cross, and hearing loud noises come from empty rooms.
While this isn’t as scary as what happens in Veronica, you’re lying if you claim it wouldn’t send you fleeing your gaff.
Paco Plaza admitted Veronica is just loosely based on the real story, saying: ‘In Spain it’s very popular, this story, because it is, as we say in the film, the only time a police officer has said he has witnessed something paranormal, and it’s written in a report with an official police stamp and it’s really impressive when you look at it.
‘But I think when we tell something, it becomes a story, even if it’s in the news. You only have to read the different newspapers to know how different reality is, depending on who’s telling it. So I knew we were going to betray the real events. I just wanted to make a whole vision… but the whole story of Veronica and the sisters and Antonito, this little
Marlon Brando with glasses, it’s all a vision.’
Still, it’s enough to make you watch Veronica with the lights on. And from behind a cushion. With your mum handy.
Veronica is available to stream on Netflix.
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