61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Veronica (2017)

Veronica, 2017.

Directed by Paco Plaza.

Starring Sandra Escacena, Bruna Gonzalez, and Claudia Pacer.


Madrid, 1991. A teen girl finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she played Ouija with two classmates.

In 2007 Spanish director Paco Plaza obliterated audiences’ nerves with found-footage zombie horror Rec. Co-directed by Jaume Balaguero the movie tore through an increasingly ailing genre with a firm dose of rigorous suspense and explosively gory nastiness as a camera crew accompanying a Madrid firefighting team discover something horrifying lurking in a Madrid apartment block.

Fittingly enough for a country so consumed and burdened by the ghosts of its recent past, Spain has taken the charge in the last decade’s surge of ghostly horror, from The Orphanage to the underrated Julia’s Eyes and beyond. And more than a decade after his breakout hit Plaza himself has gone it alone with Veronica, which purports to take as

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