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REC (2007)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Directors: Jaume Balagueró

Paco Plaza

Writers: Jaume Balagueró

Luis Berdejo

Paco Plaza

Tagline: One Witness. One Camera

Plot: “REC” turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station…

Cast: Manuela Velasco – Ángela Vidal

Ferran Terraza – Manu

Jorge-Yamam Serrano – Policía Joven

Pablo Rosso – Pablo

David Vert – Álex

Review (spoilers):

I wrote about REC 2 during the Seq Week not noticing that I haven’t reviewed the first REC yet. I must mention that it will be extremely hard to write anything smart about it because I simply find it to be a genre-breaking masterpiece…And I’m not exaggerating. It was filmed by using a “modern”, ever-growing camera taping in which you look everything through camera’s eye (like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, etc.). That kind of camera taping puts you directly in the middle of the movie, you feel like you are a part of everything. Being in the middle of a movie like REC is far from fun, actually, it is pretty scary. It is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

The simplicity of the plot (and the whole script) amuses me. It is so simple but yet so effective. A camera crew makes a documentary about the local fire station. 2 firefighters are being called to a rescue mission at one building, the reporter and the cameraman  follow them. They enter the odd building to find this injured woman who needs help only to be viciously attacked by her. Soon after that incident they find out that they are quarantined outside and none may leave. The cause for this quarantine is a strange virus which soon spreads through the occupants of the building. As the time passes by, all hell breaks loose. The movie starts slow but as more as you watch it you’ll find it to be more bizarre, creepier and scarier. The ending of the movie is one grand consumption of all emotions that followed you while you were watching it. You can’t stay cold-headed after you see it.

Of course, you can’t expect some great character development in a movie like REC but they seem more than real. They all have their hopes, needs and fears which are perfectly taped in a mockumentary style. That part was made so flawless, it gains your full attention and somehow prepares the tension for the things to come. Also the acting is a thing worth mentioning. The rumor says it that the directors haven’t showed the full script to the actors so the cast didn’t know what to expect next. The conclusion of that is the screaming of the actors which was made of real fear, their reactions were natural. All that even gets you more in the realistic atmosphere of REC that is just brilliant!

I don’t know what to comment next about REC and yet so many things are on my mind all the time. It’s dark luminance combined with some night vision now and then which was perfect, it’s tense atmosphere which drove me crazy from time to time or should I say more about the infected which looks are scary enough with all that atmosphere? Anyways, stop reading this now and go watch REC while sitting in the dark. It’s so worth it because it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. I know I didn’t.

My Rating: 10/10… Surely the best modern day horror.

REC 2 (2009)

Posted in Horror Review, Seq Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Directors: Jaume Balagueró

Paco Plaza

Writers: Jaume Balagueró

Manu Díez

Paco Plaza

Tagline: *There is no tagline yet*

Plot: The action continues from [Rec], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.

Cast: Manuela Velasco – Ángela Vidal

Pablo Rosso – Rosso

Jonathan Mellor – Dr. Owen

Ariel Casas – Larra

Pau Poch – Tito

Review (spoilers):

This is a sequel to a Spanish horror from 2007 named REC which soon became very popular (it was even remade as Quarantine a year after it’s release). The original REC scared the shit out of me (honestly, it was one of the scariest movies I ever saw) so I had high hopes for the sequel. Unfortunately, it failed me.

There are lot of new things in REC 2, some of them I liked, some I loathed. The first thing that I found to be awesome was 2 parallel stories in which you follow two separate groups of people. The first group of people are swat members led by a priest which goal is to find blood from the first infected girl. Apparently, we learn that the source of this strange epidemic is a diabolic one. So our beloved infected/zombie flick from the first REC turns into a some Exorcist chase. I also have to mention that crosses are much more powerful weapons than guns now. As you can expect, this group is being attacked by the infected almost all the time. Those action scenes look like segments from a FPS game, nothing more than a mindless shooting. By seeing this you may notice that REC has become a little more mainstream than it should be. It was made for a larger audience. Instead of a dark and scary atmosphere followed by a strange social commentary (like in the first REC) you get FPS action scenes.

The second group is consist of one fireman, one man who wants to bring some medicine to his sick daughter and…..teenagers. I would never actually expect teenagers to be protagonists in a REC movie, it is a blasphemy. I think you now get my point about this movie being a little too mainstream and commercial. The story in which we follow the second group is a standard teen horror one. This part was full of really irritating characters, one of them is a girl in Converse All Star shoes who screams all the time. Damn, that just pissed me off, it was completely pointless.

But this isn’t the end to random shit. The main character from the first REC, Ángela Vidal, returns to this one. The explanation (and the idea) of her return is a really retarded one. By that point I just wanted to turn off the movie, I didn’t like the direction in which it went at all. The whole end is also very bad written, I don’t know….it was just too naive and stupid but still so complex (in a bad way). By the way, the whole idea of having a zombie/demon boss which would control the rest of the infected army was also somehow….bad? The script and the plot was a complete disappointment.

The good things about this movie (besides the idea of having parallel stories) are camera taping and some action sequences. The rest was just average, and the luminance isn’t as good as in the original REC (it was too bright). Honestly, I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish with REC 2, it had an awesome potential but it turned out to be like this.

My Rating: 5/10… Avoid it, the original REC was pretty good without it