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What Netflix’s User Review Removal Means for Horror Fans

By the end of August, user reviews of programming on Netflix will be a thing of the past. CNET reports that, “you’ll no longer be able to post written reviews as of July 30, and then in mid-August existing written reviews will be removed,” and the speculation is that this move coincides with Netflix’s intention of phasing out third party content and increasing the amount of their own original content available on the platform.

While Netflix has a lot of great programming, it isn’t exactly known for consistency across all of its offerings, and viewers are bound to regret several impromptu viewing choices when searching for lesser-known titles. User reviews were one way for viewers to decide if a program was worth their time. Obviously, numeric metrics can’t always account for personal tastes, but it’s usually a safe bet to skip something with an extremely low score. So, what will the removal of user reviews look like for horror fans? Fortunately, our genre of choice is in better shape than many other genres! read more

‘Verónica’: The Horror News Network Review

Verónica, the latest feature-length horror film to debut on Netflix, holds its own against any of the slew of similar titles to be released in American theaters and surpasses nearly all of the competition with its solid combination of literary storytelling and adept filmmaking. Based on the only real-life incident to be witnessed and reported on by members of the Spanish corp of Policía Nacional, director Paco Plaza ([REC]) transcends the tired tropes of supernatural cinema with this unique take on the tired tale of a girl and her Ouija board. Genuinely scary, sharply intelligent, and visually engaging, Verónica is a must-watch film for any horror fan who is looking for something more than empty characters and senseless jump scares. read more

‘[REC]’ Director Paco Plaza’s ‘Veronica’ Gets US Release on Netflix

Following Netflix’s trend of releasing films with no warning, fans of Spanish director Paco Plaza will be happy to hear that his recent Ouija-inspired film Veronica is now available for viewing on the streaming service.  The film was previously released internationally and on the festival circuit in 2017.

Plaza is best known for 2007’s [Rec] which is a the film that countless others horror director’s have stolen from, with an APB out for shots of screaming women being dragged by their feet into darkness. read more