One Witness. One Camera
"REC" turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams -- which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.
Shall I call this chilling little film Blair Witch with Zombies?
Aside from the obvious found-footage parallel, you also have the low budget feel, the sense that the dialogue is improvised, and the use of "real" light throughout. Oh, and that freakish use of sounds in the darkness - you hear some crazy stuff as they move around the building.
The difference, of course, is that the cast of [Rec] don't go looking for monsters. They're just normal people doing their jobs or getting ready for bed when the monsters come looking for them. After the opening in the firehouse, where we meet our charming hostess Angela (Manuela Velasco), the action takes place completely in a quarantined apartment building. Velasco…
One of the best found-footage films, maybe even THE best. Its secrets are fairly simple. Make it scary and move it along at a brisk pace. This film is never allowed to drag and we are invited to join the dots like the characters up to the genuinely chilling finale. Watching it with headphones on last night was a pant-soilingly good experience.
Horror films like this thrive when the pacing and build up are good. In [REC] they border on perfection.
What starts out as yet another, all too familiar entry in the found footage genre, steadily turns into something exceptional when things start to go wrong. The plot, even though it is rather commonplace, is driven by an unrelenting and well paced narrative. There is simply no second nor frame wasted on too much exposure or unnecessarily thinly stretched tension.
The camera somehow makes sense here, which is incredibly important in this particular genre. Not only does it make sense, the directors use it cleverly to create suspense and real excitement. There are a couple of scenes that are almost unbearable to watch because the makers of this film understand that in the first person perspective you cannot look away.
It simply is a fantastic and truly exciting example of what the genre is all about.
That last scene scares the bejesus out of me, every single time!
Having not seen this masterclass in horror and tension in years I popped in the newly acquired Blu-Ray and readied myself for 80 minutes of pure, unadulterated terror. Needless to say, [Rec] is just as effective as it was when it came out and despite being a little rough around the edges and having some dodgy moments it's still a movie to celebrate since it's rare these days for a horror film to be so relentlessly horrifying. The premise is very simple, a camera team and two fire fighters investigate an emergency/distress call coming from an apartment complex in a nightly Spain. However, something seems off about the ordeal and on arrival it turns out that what we're dealing with…
We have to tape everything, Pablo.
I hadn't revisited [REC] since watching the remake, Quarantine, earlier this year. I found the remake to come off as extremely staged compared to the original. I later thought that maybe it came off as staged because I knew the story already and therefore the original wouldn't hold up on rewatch. Happy to find out that isn't the case.
[REC] was made using actors that look like real people, that were good at improvisation and they were kept in the dark about the script as much as possible to make their reactions seem genuine. Quarantine came off as staged because instead of recreating the way the film was made,…
Watched this movie on my sons recommendation. He knows how I like a good zombie flick. And this one delivered. Fun. So now onto Rec2.
I've been waiting to see this movie ever since I saw the American remake Quarantine. Quarantine was supposedly a shot by shot remake of [REC], the original is way scarier. A great horror film can transcend language and this movie definitely did.
great found footage film
A terrifying thrill-ride marred only slightly by the extremely annoying and yappy lead actress and the use of a convenient found tape recorder with all of the explanations on it.
Reminded me that found footage films can be genuinely refreshing and fucking scary.
Was für ein langweiliger, nerviger Müll. Meine Fresse und davon gibt es noch mehr? Nein, danke.
Along with The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, [REC] ranks up there with the greatest in the (over-saturated) genre of found footage horror films. Being set mostly in a single location (a cramped apartment block building) lends itself very nicely to the shaky handheld camera aesthetic, creating an atmosphere of claustrophobic tension, expertly cranked up by the two Spanish directors to an uncomfortable degree over the short running time, until you're literally on the edge of your seat begging for a release. Like all good horror films, the fear lies in what you don't see; the anticipation and the building of tension crescendo-ing with a breathless final third, with plenty of jump-out-of-your seat moments and some genuine scares. I [REC]ommend (come on, it had to be done!). If you're lazy and don't like subtitles, there is an American remake too for you ignorant fucks.