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Time Out says

Tue Apr 8 2008

The most effective of this year’s ‘Blair Witch’-style shaky-cam horror movies, ‘[Rec]’ is more focused and far scarier than either ‘Cloverfield’ or ‘Diary of the Dead’. In ‘Cloverfield’, the party-goers braved the streets and subways of a monster-torn Manhattan; in ‘Diary’, the film students roamed the back roads of Pennsylvania, avoiding a zombie plague. In ‘[Rec]’ – as in the record button on a camera – the action is confined to a Spanish apartment block, and the nature of the threat is unknown.

‘[Rec]’ softens us up with a gentle prologue in which the crew of a late-night ‘reality TV’ show called ‘While You’re Sleeping’ – invisible cameraman Pablo and presenter Angela (Manuela Velasco) – make a late-night visit to a fire station. Then comes a call about an old woman trapped in her apartment. When a policeman and two firemen, Manu (Ferran Terraza) and Alex (David Vert), break into the apartment, they are attacked by a shrieking, zombie-like woman in a blood-stained nightdress. Suddenly, the building is locked down by cops squawking something about a health threat. Trapped inside with the panicking neighbours, Angela keeps up a running commentary.

The less you know about what happens next the better. Suffice it to say that nothing in the previous work of joint directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza prepared us for the nerve-shredding intensity of the ensuing scenes. 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.
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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Apr 11, 2008

Duration:

78 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Manuel Bronchud

Director:

Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

Screenwriter:

Jaume Balagueró

Cinematography:

Pablo Rosso

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Thomas Noctor

Eh..... Quarantine is a stupid American remake of REC! They just changed the name. Every horror fan knows that!

Thomas Noctor

Eh..... Quarantine is a stupid American remake of REC! They just changed the name. Every horror fan knows that!

viewer

Typical horror movie very much like QUARANTINE. With much more needless screaming! If you are bored with a little time to kill, it is worth watching if you can tolerate the whining from the reporter

viewer

Typical horror movie very much like QUARANTINE. With much more needless screaming! If you are bored with a little time to kill, it is worth watching if you can tolerate the whining from the reporter

Laura

watched this film late at night with a mate, had no idea what it was about. practically s**t my pants, so so scary! i do get tense and jumpy in most horrors but i was completely absorbed by this. definite definite recommend, although couldnt sleep for a long time after... looking forward to watching the sequel soon!!

Laura

watched this film late at night with a mate, had no idea what it was about. practically s**t my pants, so so scary! i do get tense and jumpy in most horrors but i was completely absorbed by this. definite definite recommend, although couldnt sleep for a long time after... looking forward to watching the sequel soon!!

Mark

The reason why you switched it off 15 mins into the film was really because you were SCARED out your mind. This film would make anyone scared. If it didnt you're not human.

Mark

The reason why you switched it off 15 mins into the film was really because you were SCARED out your mind. This film would make anyone scared. If it didnt you're not human.

Rubadubadoobag

Well, it was scary and enjoyable but I personally didnt find it as scary as people say. It didnt stick with me nearly as long as Ringu or Ju-on or even Thailand's Shutter; I would say it was on a par with maybe The Descent. It scared me about as much as Eden Lake or Inside but those two movies stayed with me much longer than [REC]. To give [REC] its due though, the latter half does have a lot of momentum; the quality of the scares may not be top-notch but they come in such quick succession as to almost leave you breathless. Perhaps the relative lack of impact [REC] had on me is due mainly to my own idiosyncrasies: I find ghosts in general to be more scary than [semi-spoiler] zombies/ghouls/madmen, which after all exist on a corporal plane and can still be physically overcome or even killed again. But that aside, I think all of the main characters (actually, nearly all of the characters period) made some incredibly poor decisions (even allowing for pressure) that, while integral to the plot, really verged on unbelievable. Im not sure the amateur-camera viewpoint adds that much to the movie either, and it is doubtful that Pablo would have bothered to film so assiduously while all hell was breaking loose around him. There is also very little character development although the female lead does give a good performance of being terrified. I did really enjoy it, but for these and other reasons I will say that it was a very good horror movie but not a great one - not in my top 10.

Rubadubadoobag

Well, it was scary and enjoyable but I personally didnt find it as scary as people say. It didnt stick with me nearly as long as Ringu or Ju-on or even Thailand's Shutter; I would say it was on a par with maybe The Descent. It scared me about as much as Eden Lake or Inside but those two movies stayed with me much longer than [REC]. To give [REC] its due though, the latter half does have a lot of momentum; the quality of the scares may not be top-notch but they come in such quick succession as to almost leave you breathless. Perhaps the relative lack of impact [REC] had on me is due mainly to my own idiosyncrasies: I find ghosts in general to be more scary than [semi-spoiler] zombies/ghouls/madmen, which after all exist on a corporal plane and can still be physically overcome or even killed again. But that aside, I think all of the main characters (actually, nearly all of the characters period) made some incredibly poor decisions (even allowing for pressure) that, while integral to the plot, really verged on unbelievable. Im not sure the amateur-camera viewpoint adds that much to the movie either, and it is doubtful that Pablo would have bothered to film so assiduously while all hell was breaking loose around him. There is also very little character development although the female lead does give a good performance of being terrified. I did really enjoy it, but for these and other reasons I will say that it was a very good horror movie but not a great one - not in my top 10.

Thomas Noctor

If you havnt seen a movie then how can you rate it dummy? This is my joint top horror film of all time along with The Blair Witch. Truely scary for REAL horror fans get this, its a must ignore the ignorant reviews please

Thomas Noctor

If you havnt seen a movie then how can you rate it dummy? This is my joint top horror film of all time along with The Blair Witch. Truely scary for REAL horror fans get this, its a must ignore the ignorant reviews please

karl

a true masterpiece, its sheer simplicity of sets, costumes and script combined with the gloomy lighting, earie sounds and the actors acting to perfection, creates an incredibly scary film.what strikes me the most is how amateur the film looks, and yet it was one of the scariest films i have ever seen the last scene especially....couldnt have made it more scary (tip. read carefully what the radio says at the end, not going to give anything away, but it draws you in so well)

karl

a true masterpiece, its sheer simplicity of sets, costumes and script combined with the gloomy lighting, earie sounds and the actors acting to perfection, creates an incredibly scary film.what strikes me the most is how amateur the film looks, and yet it was one of the scariest films i have ever seen the last scene especially....couldnt have made it more scary (tip. read carefully what the radio says at the end, not going to give anything away, but it draws you in so well)

Courtney; 13yrs.

Well, I missed the beginning but it soon explained itself through the movie. This has got to be one of the best horror films I've ever seen; it combined gore & mind-tricks into one and left me terrified but amazed. Definitly a must-see for people who love a good horror flick.

Courtney; 13yrs.

Well, I missed the beginning but it soon explained itself through the movie. This has got to be one of the best horror films I've ever seen; it combined gore & mind-tricks into one and left me terrified but amazed. Definitly a must-see for people who love a good horror flick.

sean

truely scary. This film puts movie's like "saw" and "scream" in the kids section. the camera is done by "Pablo", who is a camera man for a television channel, so the camera is shaky enough to add to the atmoshpere, but stable enough so you can see what's going on, unlike in "Cloverfield" and "Blair witch" where it's anyone's guess. The camera angles show you enough to make you scared, but leave enough so you want to watch and know what it was. The scene at the end is the most chilling scene i've ever witnessed in a movie, and where other famously "scary" films left me in physical fits of laughter, [REC] succeeded in ruining atleast one night's worth of sleep, with an image of the emaciated girl firmly planted in my mind, haunting me til the very early hours of the morning. it's not perfect, no movie is, but it's the best horror film i've ever seen, because it is a genuine horror to watch.

sean

truely scary. This film puts movie's like "saw" and "scream" in the kids section. the camera is done by "Pablo", who is a camera man for a television channel, so the camera is shaky enough to add to the atmoshpere, but stable enough so you can see what's going on, unlike in "Cloverfield" and "Blair witch" where it's anyone's guess. The camera angles show you enough to make you scared, but leave enough so you want to watch and know what it was. The scene at the end is the most chilling scene i've ever witnessed in a movie, and where other famously "scary" films left me in physical fits of laughter, [REC] succeeded in ruining atleast one night's worth of sleep, with an image of the emaciated girl firmly planted in my mind, haunting me til the very early hours of the morning. it's not perfect, no movie is, but it's the best horror film i've ever seen, because it is a genuine horror to watch.

Sad

I haven't seen this movie. And I never will. And that makes me sad. I am one of the unfortunate who, 15 minutes into this shaky cam stuff, I feel my body all of a sudden start sweating strangely, and all of a sudden I as sick as I've ever been. And the bad feel doesn't go away quickly. Can take hours. So tell me this: does this movie really need the shakey cam? Would it have been diminished too far by keeping the camera steady? I am asking this honestly. I would like to know if this is needed, or will it stop once the fad gets old. It really makes me so sad. I love movies like this, yet i really can't see it.

Sad

I haven't seen this movie. And I never will. And that makes me sad. I am one of the unfortunate who, 15 minutes into this shaky cam stuff, I feel my body all of a sudden start sweating strangely, and all of a sudden I as sick as I've ever been. And the bad feel doesn't go away quickly. Can take hours. So tell me this: does this movie really need the shakey cam? Would it have been diminished too far by keeping the camera steady? I am asking this honestly. I would like to know if this is needed, or will it stop once the fad gets old. It really makes me so sad. I love movies like this, yet i really can't see it.

zombie

REC was awesome! I was totally amping when I left the cinema. Went to see it at the film festival, had no idea what it was about, it started pretty slow, first 20 minutes I'm thinking this is pretty average.... then Bam!, it just takes off! People in the cinema were squirming all over their seats and letting out involuntary screams and my heart was racing for about 20mins when it was over. The funniest thing was an elderly lady(65+) came in and sat down a couple of rows in front of me just before it started. When I went to leave at the end she wasnt moving and I actually had a moment when I thought, shit its killed her, but when I stopped to check on her, she was just sitting there grinning from ear to ear! IT WAS AWESOME!

zombie

REC was awesome! I was totally amping when I left the cinema. Went to see it at the film festival, had no idea what it was about, it started pretty slow, first 20 minutes I'm thinking this is pretty average.... then Bam!, it just takes off! People in the cinema were squirming all over their seats and letting out involuntary screams and my heart was racing for about 20mins when it was over. The funniest thing was an elderly lady(65+) came in and sat down a couple of rows in front of me just before it started. When I went to leave at the end she wasnt moving and I actually had a moment when I thought, shit its killed her, but when I stopped to check on her, she was just sitting there grinning from ear to ear! IT WAS AWESOME!

Charlie

Better still; LEARN A LANGUAGE, ignorant idiots. This was a GREAT film; all the scarier for the dreadful implications at the end.

Charlie

Better still; LEARN A LANGUAGE, ignorant idiots. This was a GREAT film; all the scarier for the dreadful implications at the end.

Charlie

ANYONE who considers subtitles a problem in a film and doesn not have eye problems is a RETARD. I would be ashamed to say that I can't watch a subtitled film. It's like saying that B&W film is crap. I mark of IGNORANCE.

Charlie

ANYONE who considers subtitles a problem in a film and doesn not have eye problems is a RETARD. I would be ashamed to say that I can't watch a subtitled film. It's like saying that B&W film is crap. I mark of IGNORANCE.

Ehsanul Choudhury

I went along to see [Rec] not knowing anything about it except that it was spanish and may have subtitles. I have to admit, that during the opening i sat there annoyed that i was going to have to "read" some artsy spanish rubbish, but the directors do well to capture that uneasy sense of foreboding that anyone who's found themselves alone in a large, empty and rather spooky building can relate with. The tension builds well, and the irate spanish screaming and raving only punctuates the sense of fear and anticipation. while it doesn't live up to the hype of "scariest film you'll ever see" It does boast some very impressive close up gore, and what i can only describe as frankly the most terrifying anorexic girl ever! Whilst the scares may be a tad on the predicitable side, they are no less effective, you are really thrown into the action as if your there along side the lovely "Angelica" and invisible "Pablo" so much to the point that you will hear the entire theatre urging Pablo not to enter the darkly lit loft. This clever take on the hand-held genre, is one of the first to give a plausible reason for the protagonists to continue filming rather than dropping the camera and running, a point the directors choose to hammer home at the end. Aside from the random segue into what i suppose is spanish biblical superstition and the lack of any real explanation, [Rec] delivers a truly tense and heart stopping experience with a couple of moments that even the hardest of horror film fans will soil themselves at. Well worth going to see, for the blood and intensity alone.

Ehsanul Choudhury

I went along to see [Rec] not knowing anything about it except that it was spanish and may have subtitles. I have to admit, that during the opening i sat there annoyed that i was going to have to "read" some artsy spanish rubbish, but the directors do well to capture that uneasy sense of foreboding that anyone who's found themselves alone in a large, empty and rather spooky building can relate with. The tension builds well, and the irate spanish screaming and raving only punctuates the sense of fear and anticipation. while it doesn't live up to the hype of "scariest film you'll ever see" It does boast some very impressive close up gore, and what i can only describe as frankly the most terrifying anorexic girl ever! Whilst the scares may be a tad on the predicitable side, they are no less effective, you are really thrown into the action as if your there along side the lovely "Angelica" and invisible "Pablo" so much to the point that you will hear the entire theatre urging Pablo not to enter the darkly lit loft. This clever take on the hand-held genre, is one of the first to give a plausible reason for the protagonists to continue filming rather than dropping the camera and running, a point the directors choose to hammer home at the end. Aside from the random segue into what i suppose is spanish biblical superstition and the lack of any real explanation, [Rec] delivers a truly tense and heart stopping experience with a couple of moments that even the hardest of horror film fans will soil themselves at. Well worth going to see, for the blood and intensity alone.

usman khawaja

WRECK OF A REC -BALGUERO S BLUNDER the ability to make nauseating trashy horror -thrillers is not unique to hollywood,but european cinema can outdo the yanks too as this infection is becoming rampant globally- THE INFAMOUS CLOVERFELD was about some silly dialogues and a movie cam that was unbreakable ,at least it had some production design and some special effects ,this awful spanish WITCH PROJECT only has one qualification -closeup shots of facial human bite wounds and old woman running around in undies ,its vulgar profanity is made worse by its screaming characters ,who will induce a raging headache of unknown origin in your bursting craniums ,just like the mysterious ,bewilderingly silly curse which grips an apartment building in barcelona ,it is sealed and quarentined as the possible curse is viral-this is not the first time for the cannibalistic zombies who are like zombie -vampires ,and look uglier then aliens - for the infestation/infection can only stop if we the audience stop watching these truly vulgar blood orgies ,the fact that it is in spanish doesnt make it any better than an american or brit slasher and the predictable plot actually makes you sick, but it does keep you sitting as the television reporter is attractive and you keep hoping she will show more then her teeth ,but you get to see the bare bosom of the haggard old witch instead -this is cheating -just like the fact the building is sealed by the spanish govt.to contain the disater -so we really dont get to see all the great GAUDI architecture in barcelona ,at least even if they had shot it in a gaudi designed building there might have been some redemption for the artistically bankrupt bangluero but as it is ,this ends up as bad as the broken camera towards the dreadful ending ,i wish the camera had broken earlier so REC ....had paused and we could have given this noisy bloody mess a miss usman khawaja

usman khawaja

WRECK OF A REC -BALGUERO S BLUNDER the ability to make nauseating trashy horror -thrillers is not unique to hollywood,but european cinema can outdo the yanks too as this infection is becoming rampant globally- THE INFAMOUS CLOVERFELD was about some silly dialogues and a movie cam that was unbreakable ,at least it had some production design and some special effects ,this awful spanish WITCH PROJECT only has one qualification -closeup shots of facial human bite wounds and old woman running around in undies ,its vulgar profanity is made worse by its screaming characters ,who will induce a raging headache of unknown origin in your bursting craniums ,just like the mysterious ,bewilderingly silly curse which grips an apartment building in barcelona ,it is sealed and quarentined as the possible curse is viral-this is not the first time for the cannibalistic zombies who are like zombie -vampires ,and look uglier then aliens - for the infestation/infection can only stop if we the audience stop watching these truly vulgar blood orgies ,the fact that it is in spanish doesnt make it any better than an american or brit slasher and the predictable plot actually makes you sick, but it does keep you sitting as the television reporter is attractive and you keep hoping she will show more then her teeth ,but you get to see the bare bosom of the haggard old witch instead -this is cheating -just like the fact the building is sealed by the spanish govt.to contain the disater -so we really dont get to see all the great GAUDI architecture in barcelona ,at least even if they had shot it in a gaudi designed building there might have been some redemption for the artistically bankrupt bangluero but as it is ,this ends up as bad as the broken camera towards the dreadful ending ,i wish the camera had broken earlier so REC ....had paused and we could have given this noisy bloody mess a miss usman khawaja

Keith GEORGE

I have rather over-dosed on shaky handheld cameras of late with "Cloverfield" "Diary Of The Dead" et al. This film was one of the better ones from this genre with genuine scares and good acting from all. The scariest child since Linda Blair in "The Exorcist". Well worth seeing !

Keith GEORGE

I have rather over-dosed on shaky handheld cameras of late with "Cloverfield" "Diary Of The Dead" et al. This film was one of the better ones from this genre with genuine scares and good acting from all. The scariest child since Linda Blair in "The Exorcist". Well worth seeing !

mac

I've just came back from cinema. And if you really want to get scared go for it. This movie must be seen in cinema, with all that screaming,chaos, and violence...u will never reach it at home.

mac

I've just came back from cinema. And if you really want to get scared go for it. This movie must be seen in cinema, with all that screaming,chaos, and violence...u will never reach it at home.

tim

Saw this a few weeks back - and yes, it is mostly terriying. Sillyness is totally absent, no winks or nudges, although the intensity did get a bit too much...I felt a little sick at one point. All the screaming and blood reminded me of The Descent, but this is a better movie.

tim

Saw this a few weeks back - and yes, it is mostly terriying. Sillyness is totally absent, no winks or nudges, although the intensity did get a bit too much...I felt a little sick at one point. All the screaming and blood reminded me of The Descent, but this is a better movie.