Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.
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After teaming up in 2002 for the dramatic music documentary OT: The Movie, Spanish horror specialists Jaume Balagueró (Darkness) and Paco Plaza (Second Name) join forces once again for this experimental frightener about a mysterious outbreak in an old tenement building. Reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her trusty cameraman Pablo are following a local fire crew for a segment of their reality television series "When You're Asleep" when the firefighters receive a distress call from a nearby apartment building. An elderly woman has become locked in her apartment; a routine call by any account. The police are already on the scene, so now it's up to firemen Manu (Ferran Terraza) and Alex (David Vert) to break down the door and ensure that no harm has come to her. Upon arriving at the building, everything appears normal. But the calm atmosphere at the moment betrays the horrors that begin to unfold after the firemen break down the tenant's door and experience something that no one would believe had it not been captured on camera. Later, as the building is surrounded and quarantined, Pablo continues to roll tape to ensure that whatever the outcome of this terrifying situation may be, there will be some evidence to ensure that the truth gets out. … More
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Critic Reviews for [Rec]
A brilliantly staged early scare signals that the safety rails are off and, despite an unexpected, last-minute swerve into the supernatural realm, the edge-of-the-seat tension is sustained to the very last second.
Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans and no reason for mainstream auds to bite.
Superbly acted, brilliantly directed and absolutely bloody terrifying, this is one of the best films of the year.
Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, rising stars in the Spanish horror scene, create a buzzing urgency in a familiar premise...
Not since John Carpenter's one-shot intro to Halloween has POV horror been this good.
This short, stripped-down, first-person horror picture delivers some brutally effective shocks and gradually conjures a haunting atmosphere of ever-escalating panic and despair.
Impressiona pelo ritmo, pelas atuações, pela intensidade e pela excepcional edição de som, revelando-se sempre tenso e, nos melhores momentos, absolutamente assustador.
This Spanish horror thriller is based on a great idea that takes a new bite at the zombie genre, combined with a different way of telling the story," says Andrew
[REC] is ridiculously good. It's a show-stopping terror trip through something that really shouldn't work all that well.
A demonic, barnstorming, cinema verite horror experience that pulls few punches, fears no genre taboo, and reaches for the throat with delightful intimidation.
einai akoma kalytero apo oso akoygetai, kai oti tha 'thelan na ginoyn otan megalosoyn oi shetikes prospatheies apo The Blair Witch Project (1999), mehri The Zombie Diaries (2006), Diary of the Dead (2007) i Cloverfield (2008)
At its best, "[REC]" is a stress test, with genuinely frightening and surreal use of grainy, fidgety camerawork and eerie night-vision.
An unexceptional workout for the adrenaline glands nudged up several notches by a climax that will cause muchos trouser trauma to all but the recently deceased.
Gripping, unsettling and truly horrific, [REC] is much more than the gimmick suggested by its title. Prepare to squirm, wince and wonder at how a potential Blair Witch knock-off is quite so grimy and engrossing. And don't eat dinner before you see it.
The final reel is real eyes-behind-your-fingers type stuff with the filmmakers cranking up the audience's apprehension to I-really-would-rather-be-somewhere-else levels.
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.
...boasts a number of brutal and unexpectedly creepy interludes that instantly set it apart from its stylistically-similar yet thoroughly inferior brethren...
Audience Reviews for [Rec]
Suspenseful, intense, scary, and gory, [Rec] is without a doubt one of the best Horror movies of the past decade, if not of all time.
2007 had not seen a whole lot of found footage movies, so this style was relatively new, and it's yet to have been done better. We follow a young reporter and her cameraman (who represents us) as they become unwillingly quarantined in an apartment with its residents. An outbreak is turning those infected into zombies (a term never used).
This film creates the "you are there" experience like nothing you have seen or will see before. Nothing feels staged. The scariest moments are things that are happening in the frame but not front and centre.
As the story slowly gets revealed, you get more unnerved. There are brilliant and terrifying scenes that will stay with you for days.
A fun, inventive, and jumpy found-footage horror film that has it's share of thrills, especially in the final act. The acting for the most part is pretty good & I like that they don't make you wait too long before diving into the madness. And while I saw most gags coming from a mile away, there were still a couple of instances where I was genuinely shocked. The sound designed really augmented the horror of these moments and some scenes were delightfully disorienting because of it.
Unfortunately, the film spends way too much time trying to explain the phenomena and not enough time on creating a foreboding atmosphere. Also, while I understand that the filmmakers have to establish good reasons for having the camera rolling at times when the cameraman should be fleeing in terror, if I had to hear the protagonist say "We have to record this!" one more time, I was going to throw myself down a stairwell.
A bit over-hyped I must say, but overall an entertaining thriller.
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