The original created so much international buzz, who could blame the filmmakers for going the well twice? I can. [REC] 2 is a straight-up money grab so terrible it threatens to ruin the memory of how good [REC] was.
Neighbors from hell, quite possibly literally and otherwise. Not to mention Spain's longstanding issues with an intermittently violent government itself into extermination, along with an intrusive and oppressive Catholic Church on the premises.
Filmmaker Jaume Balaugueró should have been content with the first [REC], a claustrophobic tour de force. Now the franchise is out on the sidewalk, selling itself to the tired, the jaded, the kerb-crawling.
Frantic from the get-go, this new crop of zombie bait barrels through shadowy hallways and fends off waxen, emaciated attackers with such hysterical speed it's impossible to know -- or care -- whose face has just been chomped.