Posts Tagged ‘Paco Plaza’

veronicaI wanted to check out something different for today than I had been all month long. I was craving something a little different and I had heard a lot of buzz about a film that was on Netflix that is supposedly based on a true story. The film is called Veronica and it takes place in a suburb of Madrid. Veronica (Sandra Escacena) is not really your typical 15 year old teenager that runs around and does what she wants. You see Veronica has to take care of her three younger siblings to make sure they are fed, go to school, etc. while their mother works all day and night at a Cafe because their father died. Veronica misses him so much that one day while at school, she and her two friends decide to hold a seance with a Ouija board. Unfortunately for Veronica, she calls up something that is not her father and now it’s after her and her family. The film also stars Bruna González (The Promise) as Lucia,  Claudia Placer (Locked Up) as Irene, Iván Chavero as Antoñito, Ana Torrent (The Other Boleyn Girl) as Ana, Consuelo Trujillo (Días sin Luz) as Hermana Muerte, Ángela Fabián (El Rey) as Rosa, Carla Campra (Everybody Knows) as Diana, Chema Adeva (Hospital Central) as Det. Romero, and the film was written and directed by Paco Plaza ([Rec]).

veronica-netflix-650Now as far as how the overall film goes, it’s definitely a spooky film that will creep out plenty of people, but I do not see why people could not finish the film. I didn’t think it was a OMG this is too scary for me, but maybe it’s because of the fact that it’s loosely based on the case of Estafania Gutierrez Lazaro. She was a teenage girl who held a seance with her friends and things just went south from there where she died after suffering from unexplained seizures, etc. That is one thing that will usually get everyone a little extra scared because you know they based it off of an unexplained incident. One of my favorite characters in the film was that of the blind nun known as Hermana Muerte (Sister Death). I liked her because even though she would scare the shit out of most people, she was actually a comforting character who was concerned for Veronica. She also liked her nickname by the way because it was better than what her real name was. She had potential to be a very spooky character, but one thing I do have to say is that she was scarier than their version of the demon. You do not get to see him for the most part other than a black shadowy figure, but I think they could have done a better job with that. I will say that some of her dream sequences were visually pretty good and I was happy with most of it. I definitely think it’s a film worth checking out if you can stand subtitles. I am going to give the film an B+, for more on the actual case click here, and a new feature here on the blog, check out my scare meter below to see how scary I thought the film was.

Scare Meter Veronica

recTo try and spawn the next big thing for Hollywood, they will sometimes look to films that may have been big in other countries like The Ring franchise which was based off of the Japanese horror film Ringu. The same could be said for today’s film that I chose to review in the Spanish film [Rec] which ended up with an American version one year later in Quarantine. The film follows a reporter for a late night television show named Angela (Manuela Velasco) who is doing a report on firefighters and what they do at night. During the interview, they get an alarm and she follows them with her cameraman to the scene, but things are just a little weird. An old woman is going crazy and she proceeds to take a bite out of an officer and before they know all of them are trapped inside as the building is sealed off due to an contagious infection. The film also stars Ferran Terraza ([Rec] 2) as Manu, Jorge-Yamam Serrano (Diary Of A Nymphomaniac) as Polica Joven, Pablo Rosso ([Rec] 3: Genesis) as Pablo, David Vert (Diary Of A Nymphomaniac) as Alex, Vicente Gil (Tilt) as Polica Adulto, Carlos Vicente (Tad, The Lost Explorer) as Guilllem, and the film was directed by Jaume Balagueró (Fragile) and Paco Plaza ([Rec] 2).

rec 2If you love old Japanese martial arts films or Godzilla films where the lips are moving, but they’re not saying much, then you’ll love this one thanks to the overdubs. The films was done in Spain so obviously the original language of the film is Spanish so for American audiences to enjoy, they overdubbed the English right in. I Truly believe that I would have rather had the Spanish with English subtitles, but that shouldn’t deter you from watching the film. This is actually a really good film with some minor problems in it, but I like how the story unfolds. There is an infection that is spread through saliva so if you get bitten you are screwed, but it’s a man made infection which makes it more interesting. One thing that I found a little out there is that they try to mix black magic, demon possession, and stuff like that in the idea of how this was created. One of the other things is the woman you’ll notice in the end, where has she been and why has no one else in the building been aware of her all the time they lived there? Other than that, I have no other complaints as I enjoyed the film and I have to be honest with all of you. This was my first time watching any film in this series and as soon as I started watching, I immediately recognized the story. It’s a found footage film, so if you like those, then check this one out because it’s not too bad. There’s not a lot of the shaky camera because it’s a pro camera man filing all of it, but there are times when it’s batted away. I am going to give this film an B for a final grade.