Jul 6

REC

Category: Fantasia, Reviews

I take back everything I said about Spanish cinema. I am absolutely thrilled to report that it is still possible to make a genuinely scary and exciting horror movie.

Recently the zombie genre has become a bit saturated with even the legendary Romero’s work turning to suck. Romero’s latest was called “Diary of the Dead” and the concept was a zombie apocalypse as caught on videotape. Unfortunately it was embarrassingly bad. Excrutiatingly, painfully awful.

REC utilizes basically the same concept but co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza have done things exactly right. The camera POV adds to the sense of claustrophobia that is aleady delivered by the setting, which I don’t even want to go into because it would be a shame to give anything away. All I can say is this movie wins. It wins Fantasia, it wins horror, it wins zombie and it wins my jaded, cynical, Spanish-cinema-poopooing heart. See this movie. Right now. Do it. That’s an order. Before the US remake, which is currently in the works, comes out.

5 righteous niqueheads

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  1. DevXero July 7th, 2008 7:40 pm

    I cannot recommend this movie enough. I’ve been jaded with the horror genre for the past 2-3 years. This however is a shining beacon of awesomness for the genre. It’s by far one of the best horror flicks I’ve ever seen. And on top of that it’s a zombie movie (but for those who don’t particularly like zombie movies, don’t let that stop you, even though you are dead to me).

  2. kebes July 7th, 2008 9:47 pm

    Awesome recommendation. I just watched it… and yeah it’s indeed very good. It totally redeems the genre, and proves that you can make a horror movie where the people actually behave realistically.

  3. Nique July 7th, 2008 10:37 pm

    I know! I loved that aspect of it, the realistic reactions not only of the featured characters, but of the unseen authorities as well.

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