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The creepy true story behind Netflix horror ‘Veronica’

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Got a question for ya: have you seen Veronica on Netflix yet? It’s a scary Spanish horror movie about a girl who does one of those ouija board things and then ghosts get the hump and start bothering her. It’s very spooky indeed.

BUT (I’ve written that in capitals because I screamed it, I screamed it so loud your wig set on fire) did you know that it was based on a true story? Yep, a film about ghosts based on hactual hevents

A girl died in Spain in 1992 after doing a ‘makeshift seance’ at school with her mates. This definitely happened, although the exact cause of her death is unknown - all that’s recorded is that she started having seizures and reported seeing ‘evil’ figures in the weeks following the oujia board experiment.

The really unusual thing about this case though (as if a girl dying after doing a seance wasn’t enough) is that it’s the only recorded case in history of a policeman actually filing a police report stating ‘paranormal events’ in the paperwork.

Supposedly, soon after the board game, the girl’s parents called the authorities complaining of mysterious events, such as seeing shadowy figures and even feeling invisible hands grabbing them. When the police showed up, they actually backed up these claims, reporting unexplainable noises, cupboards opening on their own and even photographs bursting into flames. Real proper ghost shit, no take-backs.

The creepy true story behind Netflix horror 'Veronica'

Veronica is based on a true story

Newsweek reported that the director has talked about the case, as it’s a very famous story in Spain. He said:

“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.

“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.”

So although the film embellishes things a tad, the original events still remain at the heart of it. And that, my friends, is what makes the film so scary. It’s based on real ghosts, not fake ghosts.

So, if you fancy scaring your little frilly panties right off, all the way out the back door and over the fence into Mr. Stewart’s back garden, where you’ll never get them back again, because they’re his property now, then Veronica is on Netflix now.

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Gary Ogden

Shortlist writer and "the least woke person in the office", Gary Ogden, likes horror movies, Cheestrings, tapping his leg under the desk, "having a drink", hiding from responsibility, screaming into the mirror whenever he is alone, and assorted other things. Mainly the screaming thing though. @garyblogden

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