Perhaps you've heard the hype about a new horror movie on Netflix called “Veronika.”
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been buzzing with chatter about this new flick, asking “Is this the scariest movie ever made??” and showing clips of real people watching it and being absolutely terrified. Posts and comments have been made – and legitimate news sites are writing a ton of stories – about how it's so scary that people are shutting it off halfway through.
After all the hype and buzz, I sat down one night and dared to take on “the scariest movie ever made.”
I gotta be honest, I turned it off about halfway through.
But not because I was so scared that I crapped my pants or was shaking in my shoes … rather, it was because I was frighteningly bored.
Don't believe the hype, folks. “Veronika” is a mediocre, forgettable and not-terribly scary movie, which is especially disappointing because the director, Paco Plaza, is responsible for two of the greatest experiences in modern horror, the criminally unseen (at least by American audiences) “Rec” and “Rec 2.”
“Veronika” plays like a “Greatest Hits” (or at least a bad karaoke version) of devil/Oujia/exorcism movies, giving us a likeable teen who dabbles with a Oujia board with some of her high school buddies, unleashing a demon and putting herself in great peril.
Yes, it's been done before. Many, many times. And better.
So … where's the hype coming from? Simply put, it's a clever marketing tool by some folks trying to drum up some interest in a bleh flick. And, it's apparently working … Millions of clicks, views, likes and whatever across various social media outlets clearly show major interest in the film, but die-hard horror fans who buy the hype and check it out on Netflix are going to be seriously disappointed.
Interestingly, a newspaper article investigating the phenomenon of this movie's hype reported that Netflix got the hype ball rolling because their research showed that a lot of people were tuning into the film and checking out early – so, they assumed, it was because the film was too scary.
Trust me, it isn't.
Maybe, just maybe, people were tuning out halfway through because they found something better to watch.
I know I did.
Look, our time is very valuable, so if you're gonna spend some time watching something scary on Netflix, don't bother dating “Veronika.” There are other horror movies worth checking out on Netflix, such as “The Ritual,” “The Void,” “Train to Busan,” “Hush,” “The Babadook,” “1922,” “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil,” and many more.
And in the meantime, take my word for it: If you see something on social media touting that a movie you never heard of is “the scariest movie ever made,” don't get Rick Rolled … Chances are the movie is gonna give you up and it's gonna let you down.