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This Spanish-Language Film On Netflix Is So Terrifying, I Had To Try Watching It 3 Times Before I Finished It

It took me three days to watch “Veronica” — the new Netflix Spanish-language horror film. It’s not because I was preoccupied, but because I was too scared to watch it in its entirety. In fact, after attempting to watch it twice in the evening, I ultimately had to finish it during the day. It’s that freakin’ scary.

“Veronica” isn’t your average movie about a girl playing the Ouija board.

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Ouija board storylines are quite frankly tiresome and not very interesting anymore. [Spoiler alerts ahead (sort of)!] But in this film, it centers around a teen girl trying to speak to her dead father.

Veronica has more on her plate than most teenage girls. She’s basically in charge of taking care of her siblings because their mother works the night shift at a bar. So clearly, she has a lot to deal with.

The story takes place in Spain in the early ’90s  and the fashion is low key on point.

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Watching “Veronica” made me so nostalgic for the ’90s. Her style is so typical of most teenage girls, especially if they’re into Spanish rock. She wears Converse and the same t-shirt of her favorite band, which brings me to my next point.

The music and images of Héroes del Silencio is everywhere in this film.

For Spanish rock lovers, this part is especially cool. Héroes del Silencio is Veronica’s favorite band so she listens to them all the time, especially when she’s trying escape visions and thoughts of “it.”

I won’t disclose what “it” is because you really have to watch the film to find out.

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Whatever Veronica called over to the other side by playing the Ouija is indescribable. But it’s unlike anything I have ever seen on film before.

The film itself is so good, specifically Sandra Escacena who plays Veronica.

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Both Sandra and the director Paco Plaza have been nominated for several film awards.

However, the main reason you must watch “Veronica” is because it’s all real.

The film starts off by saying that the story is based on a case report by the lead detective. But once you see the entire movie, you can’t believe that actually happened to a girl. But it did!

According to Newsweek: “The case takes its name from the Madrid neighborhood where a young woman, Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro rather than Veronica, reportedly performed a seance at school. A nun broke her Ouija board, ending or interrupting the ritual. She later experienced months of seizures and hallucinations, particularly of shadows and presences surrounding her.”

I won’t tell you how it ends, but know this: the detective and others witnessed what happened to the real Veronica.

Here’s what others on social media are saying about “Veronica”

SAME!

You think you can survive watching it the whole way through, but you’re wrong.

There’s a reason for that.

Google “real story of Veronica”….Yikes!

How could this really happen?

Hope you make it through the whole movie without stopping it.

It won’t be easy, but good luck to you.

READ: RIP To George A. Romero, The Director Who Influenced Most Of The Zombie Movies You Love

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Recently, it was announced that Amazon studios will be producing a movie based on the lives of groundbreaking Old Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. According to reports, Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Spanish actor Javier Bardem will be playing Arnaz.

Seeing as Arnaz is widely viewed as one of the first Latino actors to achieve mainstream success in the United States, this news was positive for many. But for others, the news was less than ideal.

Some critics are lambasting the decision to cast Bardem as Arnaz, seeing that Bardem was born and raised in Spain, and is therefore not Latino.

One disgruntled Twitter user wrote: “I guess it’s really hard to find a Cuban actor so you have to hire a Spaniard…Whitewashing can happen to Latinos too.”

The criticism around Hollywood relying on Spanish actors and actresses to play Latino roles is not a new one. For years, Spanish actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega have played Latino characters in American movies. The preponderance of this phenomenon have led some people to accuse Hollywood of “white washing” Latino characters by casting Spanish actors.

Antonio Banderas is one of the most famous examples of a Spanish actor who built his career off of playing Latinos.

He has played Latinos for so long that many people think he is, in fact, Latino. But when he was erroneously called a “person of color” by American publications when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2020, there was quiet the outcry in Spain.

Spanish publications condemned American media for having an “absurd obsession” with race, and not understanding that Spaniards are, in fact, white.

Publications wrote arguments like: “Banderas might pass as a Latino ‘person of color,’ to an Arkansas farmer, great-grandson of Germans, but never to a California delivery man born to Guatemalan immigrants.”

To some observers, it seems that Hollywood prefers casting Europeans as Latinos because Hollywood sees Europe as more “sophisticated” than Latinidad.

25-year-old Spaniard Juan Pedro Sánchez, summed up the problem on Twitter, saying: “A lot of people in Spain are bothered if others confuse them for Latin American because Spaniards see Latinos as people of color, and they don’t want to be associated with that.”

He went on to say: “What bothers me is not being considered a person of color, but that people ignore that Spain was a colonizer country. It erases that history.”

The bottom line is, fans are frustrated that Hollywood keeps looking to European actors to cast Latin American characters.

Study after study shows that there is still a stubborn lack of representation for Latinos onscreen. And when there is finally a role that puts a Latino character front and center, Hollywood prefers to hire a European actor over a Latino one.

Javier Bardem is an exceptionally talented actor and there’s no doubt that he will tackle the role of Desi Arnaz with creativity and dedication–but fans’ frustrations at the casting choice doesn’t have to do with Bardem’s acting capabilities. It has to do with the all of the ways that Latinos are discounted–including professionally.

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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