Summary: This horror movie from Spain, remade as the inferior Quarantine here in America, is one hell of a ride. This is another movie with where people are being filmed but the results are far to gory and riveting to dismiss as just one of this overused trend. There are numerous scenes which are unforgettable and the lead character is actually likeable. By the end of this movie you feel like you have actually been through something.
Excerpt: [Rec] is a Spanish horror in which a camera crew following the local fire department stumble on an outbreak of a lethal virus and find themselves quarantined in an apartment building with the resulting flesh eating victims. It actually manages to side step many of the usual flaws of this kind of camcorder style horror film in that it has decent actors speaking real dialogue within a well engineered, structured plot line.
Summary: Pure and unadulterated terror. This film takes a little while to get going, but, once it does, it's one of the best zombie flicks out there. The film builds its characters and then lets them loose in an apartment building that quickly becomes a nightmarish setting. The designers for the Left 4 Dead video game series could take notes because I was amazed at how quickly a simple apartment complex can become a maze of fear.
Excerpt: [REC]. Now, I know this was spawned from the loins of The Blair Witch Project, and that there amny other films in this vein, such as Cloverfield and the ass sucking Diary of the Dead (that couldn't have sounded good in the Romero's head...), but this Spanish horror actually does well to bde freaky-deaky. A news caster and camera man are sent out woith some firemen to document a daily routine.
Summary: I was really looking forward to this. I'm a sucker for real style horror faux documentary films and the reviews to be fair, have been very positive for it. But i was very disappointed. I felt they were trying too hard to make this 'real' and by doing so, the seams were visible. Not only that, but the film quickly fell into movie cliche and so any suprises the movie could have thrown at me, were expected and underwhelming.
Excerpt: Finally saw this original version. As I had seen Quarantine first, I wasn't sure how this would hold up, but it was surprisingly good despite almost the exact same story. This one felt a little more raw and unpolished, but it helped rather than hindered. If you're a fan of horror, this should be seen, even if you've already watched Quarantine. The pace goes a little faster, there is still plenty of gotcha!
Summary: Action: 2/3 + Comedy: 0.5/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 7/10 or 70%. [REC] basks in the simplicity of how horrible reality can become. It exploits the old "what if?" proposal by applying it to a news crew's worst nightmares: no freedom of press, government suppression, and a story without explanation. So what would one do if the dead just decided to stand up while being filmed on camera?
Excerpt: Enter a cool idea, have a midnight news show go on a ride with firefighters, get stuck in a building with zombies. Much in the spirit of Diary Of The Dead with the exception of the allusions and social commentary being explained in a running voice over. Instead, take Dawn Of The Dead and instead of a mall put it in a small apartment building. This is what ultimately pushes the movie from mediocrity into memorability.
Conclusion: Rec is one of the most original horror movies ever made! A very unique style of direction that in some movies in the past does not work but Rec nails it perfect, the movie has a brilliant story that unfolds throughout, turning from an innocent documentary into a hellish nightmare or horror thats truly scary and unsettling! Theres plenty of blood and carnage and screaming and has a good cast that are all very convincing!! This is a must buy at any cost!