[Rec] (2007)


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Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for bloody horror violence and language)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Luis Berdejo, Luis A. Berdejo
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On DVD: Jul 14, 2009
Odeon Sky Filmworks


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Critic Reviews for [Rec]

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
Top Critic

Quick and to the point when it comes to delivering scares.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 13, 2009

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009

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.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


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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.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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