[REC]

[REC]

[REC]

Spanish, 'found-footage' zombie-thriller. A camera crew and emergency workers find themselves locked in an apartment building on the cusp of a terrifying zombie outbreak...

"Ever since The Blair Witch Project, the faux horror documentary has had many imitators, culminating with the big-budget Cloverfield. Unfortunately all these imitators failed to do the one thing demanded of the new genre: scare the hell out of us. We're happy to report that [REC] makes up for prior transgressions with the story of perky TV reporter Angela, whose show While You Sleep covers the nocturnal activities of Barcelona firemen. When a report of a screaming woman in an apartment block comes in, Angela and her crew of two follow the dedicated team to the emergency. Festival audiences have been screaming at characters during the last five minutes 'PLEASE DON'T GO THERE!'". (Incredibly Strange Festival 08)

2008Rating: R16, violence, offensive language, horror85 minsSpainSpanish with English subtitles
Horror
75%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Co-helmers Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza rely entirely on the stale gimmick of filtering action through a video lens. Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film corners you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor with a branding iron and holds you there to the bitter end.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

The violence is certainly creepy, with the zombies lurking in shadows and attacking with a ferocity not seen in Robert Rodriguez's recent big budget "grindhouse" effort, Planet Terror.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Even thought it's the third such effort to employ handheld camera in a zombie flick, this has more than enough shocks to hold its own.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A runaway rollercoaster of a fright flick, [Rec]'s strength lies in how well it sets up its over-familiar zombie meltdown

3.0
0

Yuck what a disgusting movie

3.0
0

This came highly recommended to me, but I was underwhelmed. For those familiar with the genre, there is nothing new here. Aside from a couple of moments of tense suspense, this is strictly by-the-numbers and quite unremarkable. Characters are paper thin, hand-held 'real' camerawork is all over the show, and the dialogue and plot are just plain bad. We...

3.0
0

just a word of advice for you there... because this is sh*t yourself scary.

5.0
0

Some movies will terrify you with sudden shocks. Some movies will Terrify you with a sense of dread through claustrophobia, or some other means of unease. This film does both and it is far too effective. If I say anything more than the above synopsis it will ruin the whole experience . . . But it is an experience. Seeing this will make you...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Co-helmers Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza rely entirely on the stale gimmick of filtering action through a video lens. Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The film corners you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor with a branding iron and holds you there to the bitter end.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

The violence is certainly creepy, with the zombies lurking in shadows and attacking with a ferocity not seen in Robert Rodriguez's recent big budget "grindhouse" effort, Planet Terror.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Even thought it's the third such effort to employ handheld camera in a zombie flick, this has more than enough shocks to hold its own.

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A runaway rollercoaster of a fright flick, [Rec]'s strength lies in how well it sets up its over-familiar zombie meltdown

3.0
0

Yuck what a disgusting movie

3.0
0

This came highly recommended to me, but I was underwhelmed. For those familiar with the genre, there is nothing new here. Aside from a couple of moments of tense suspense, this is strictly by-the-numbers and quite unremarkable. Characters are paper thin, hand-held 'real' camerawork is all over the show, and the dialogue and plot are just plain bad. ...

3.0
0

just a word of advice for you there... because this is sh*t yourself scary.

5.0
0

Some movies will terrify you with sudden shocks. Some movies will Terrify you with a sense of dread through claustrophobia, or some other means of unease. This film does both and it is far too effective. If I say anything more than the above synopsis it will ruin the whole experience . . . But it is an experience. Seeing this will make you...

5.0
0