I’ll answer the question in the review title first – yes, this is one of the best Spanish horror movies ever made!
But the reason I finally decided to review it today is not a particularly positive one – I wanted to make a bit of a point!
Last week I decided to watch Troll Hunter again for the purposes of posting the review on this site. Once again it was an awesome experience and I thought I’d do a little further research into it for the purpose of ‘bumping up’ the review.
During this research I discovered the US was in the process of buying out the rights to the film so that they could remake it in English. This begs the question – what’s the point?
Have we got to the stage where we are too lazy to read English captions at the bottom of the screen? Is it safer choice to ignore the original in all it’s glory so we can see a bunch of US ‘soap opera’ actors playing the roles in our native tongue?
So I was left with a rather familiar feeling in my bones – I had come across this outcome with another awesome Found Footage film…
Unfortunately, in all it’s glory REC was not enough for the American public – it has been ( poorly ) remade leaving a lot of people knowing nothing about the original.
I’m not going to name the remake – it exists and that’s all you need to know.
I am going to review the original though…and leave the remake for some other film site to drool over.
Now I’ve got my rant out of the way we should really get into the reason you landed up on this page in the first place…
REC follows a local Spanish TV reporter and her trusty cameraman as they film ‘a day in the life’ of a fire brigade crew. The reporter is your typical good looking gal that works well in front of the camera, darting about the firehouse charming the workers into interviews.
To be honest it’s not the most exciting documentary she’s been involved with until the station gets an emergency call out. She jumps on board with the crew to film the escapades of the local heroes.
It turns out that the emergency is at an apartment block but there is no fire to tackle when they arrive there. Instead they are instructed to trace an old lady that lives in the building – probably some sort of heart attack or age related concern.
The fire crew rush upstairs and Angela and her trusty cameraman follow suit. When they locate the old lady they realize that she is in quite a poorly condition…
But this is no heart attack!
One of The Best Spanish Horror Movies
This film was an absolute delight to watch which makes it so irritating to think it has been tinkered with on the basis of language.
We are basically locked in a building full of virus-ridden inhabitants who are dead set on eating anything that moves. Add this to the Found Footage environment and you’ve got one kick-ass horror experience.
Like most Found Footage efforts there is a slight build before we get to mental mayhem. I’d say there’s a slow-paced first 30 minutes that is followed by one of the most ferocious 40 minutes you’re ever likely to see in this genre.
A Spanish masterclass in Found Footage really – there’s not much more I can say about the movie.
It’s got everything and it’s put together brilliantly – cinematography, acting, audio, direction…everything is absolutely spot on!
So it’s not in English!
Well pick up your spectacles and read something for once – there were things called books before the Kindle hit the market!
I only hope that you’re lucky enough to watch this movie before you stumble upon the rather transparent remake.
Well worth an hour and twenty minutes of ANY horror fan’s time.