Combustible Celluloid
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With: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Pablo Rosso, Carlos Vicente, Maria Lanau, Claudia Silva, Carlos Lasarte, Javier Botet
Written by: Jaume Balagueró, Luiso Berdejo, Paco Plaza
Directed by: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
MPAA Rating: R for bloody horror violence and language
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 78
Date: 10/31/2017

[Rec] (2007)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Building Chill

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the best-loved of all the "found footage" horror movies that have dominated the market in the past 15 years, the Spanish language [REC] (2007) — short for "record," as seen on a video camera — can easily make one seasick, or perhaps merely queasy. Manuela Velasco stars as the feisty, spunky journalist Angela — in pigtails and a white tank top — who, with her cameraman Pablo, is covering the night shift at a fire station for a documentary TV series. They are called to help an old woman in an apartment building, and they soon find that they are trapped, quarantined for some mysterious reason. As the night drags on, the reasons become less mysterious as certain people start turning into zombies! Co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza unfold their story over a tight, tense 75 minutes, using the hand-held camera to create an atmosphere of immediacy, and never wasting an opportunity to ramp up the sense of panic, or provide a brutal scare. A big hit, it inspired an immediate American remake, Quarantine (2008), as well as several sequels.

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