[REC] ★★★★½

Film #5 of HorrOctober 2015

"Tape everything, Pablo. For fuck's sake."

Get REC'd

Due to the over-saturation of the sub-genre, it's easy to forget how brilliant a found footage film can be when it is done right, and it may have never been done righter than with 2007's 'REC'. A self contained, full throttle, rollercoaster of a horror flick that manages to thrill and shock at every turn.

The way in which the film is able to build tension is masterful. We start the film getting to know the central characters so that we care when they are thrust into trouble (it also doesn't hurt that they aren't complete assholes). We also begin the film in a sense of normality, so that the juxtaposition to terror is even more jarring. It's these simple things that makes the experience all the more complete and enthralling, and it's something that a lot of other found footage films overlook.

'REC' is one of the great horror films of the 21st century. It's grasps you by throat and doesn't let go with its tenacious pacing, nail-biting atmosphere and incredible scares.