High-concept Spanish horror film REC employs the same 'amateur' handheld camera technique as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and, more recently, CLOVERFIELD, to create a heightened sense of realism and terror. Local TV reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman are covering the night shift at a Barcelona fire station when they are called out to help an old woman trapped in her apartment. This routine call is soon revealed to be anything but, when events take a horrific turn. After breaking down the door, the team find the woman seemingly possessed and rabidly aggressive. As it becomes clear that the danger is not merely confined to the woman's apartment, Angela, her cameraman and those unfortunate to be trapped inside the dark building find themselves desperately scrambling to escape, despite outside efforts to contain them.
The film is co-directed by Jaume Balaguero (DARKNESS) and Paco Plaza, who also share writing credits with Luis Berdejo. The hyper-realism of the teams' script and frenzied direction ensure that the viewer is on edge throughout, with dread lurking down every hallway and around every corner. A huge cult hit in its native country, REC has already spawned an American remake, QUARANTINE (2008) and received much-deserved widespread critical acclaim.
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Ah, REC. The film that re-invigorated the found footage genre post-Blair Witch. REC is a fantastic example of the genre, and kicks off the REC franchise with a bang. Having the film set entirely in one location gives it an added sense of claustrophobia, and is just as chilling with multiple watches. It also boasts one of the strongest sequels I've ever seen in REC 2 - highly recommend watching them back to back if you ever have the chance. They are short movies, I would consider REC and REC 2 as one film whenever I watch them! The quality of this release is quite good; the film was intentionally grainy with a fair bit of night vision and lots of shaky cam, so whether or not you can appreciate the Blu-ray upgrade visually is going to be up to the individual. But audio is also good, and there's a wealth of special features to wade through if desired. Be aware that all interviews done with the crew are also in Spanish, so subtitles are a must. Highly recommended release.
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Amazing "new horror" Spanish language film with enough twists & gore to keep a wide range of horror genre lovers entertained. Great price, awesome service from zavvi, all delivered on time & in good condition. Highly recommended.
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