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[Rec] (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

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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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

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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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.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (36)
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Quick and to the point when it comes to delivering scares.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Superbly acted, brilliantly directed and absolutely bloody terrifying, this is one of the best films of the year.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)
ViewLondon

Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, rising stars in the Spanish horror scene, create a buzzing urgency in a familiar premise...

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Not since John Carpenter's one-shot intro to Halloween has POV horror been this good.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

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.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Impressiona pelo ritmo, pelas atuações, pela intensidade e pela excepcional edição de som, revelando-se sempre tenso e, nos melhores momentos, absolutamente assustador.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

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

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A well-made funhouse ride of pure terror and near-breathless dread.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

[REC] is ridiculously good. It's a show-stopping terror trip through something that really shouldn't work all that well.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A demonic, barnstorming, cinema verite horror experience that pulls few punches, fears no genre taboo, and reaches for the throat with delightful intimidation.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

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)

June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

i usually hate these movies, but i kinda liked this one

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: sbs.is

At its best, "[REC]" is a stress test, with genuinely frightening and surreal use of grainy, fidgety camerawork and eerie night-vision.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comments (3)
Total Film

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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

...boasts a number of brutal and unexpectedly creepy interludes that instantly set it apart from its stylistically-similar yet thoroughly inferior brethren...

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

While utterly nihilistic in its attempts to disorient the audience, the directors keep "[REC]" a consistently terrifying experience with some of the most gruesome deaths filmed...

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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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.
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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.
April 10, 2012
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I'm gonna give [Rec] more credit then the american counterpart, "Quarantine". Though they're carbon copies, [Rec]'s acting is far more superior. Turn off the lights, crank the sound up, and be prepared to jump. I was exhausted after watching this.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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    1. Angela: We have to tape everything, Pablo. For fuck's sake
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