Rec (Single Disc Edition) [DVD]
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Spanish horror film about an ambitious young television reporter who covers the night shift in one of Barcelona's local fire stations. When Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman Pablo follow the fire crew to a distress call from an elderly woman locked in her apartment, they're not expecting much in the way of excitement. With the cops already on the scene, all the firemen have to do is break down the door and make sure the woman is okay. If only it were that simple. Before too long, Angela and Pablo are trapped inside the building - the only witnesses to the unimaginable horror contained within...
Rec starts with a good, solid, straightforward idea. Its plan? To focus us on TV reporters, who are following a group of firemen as they go about their shift. Said shift, however, doesnt quite go to plan, as what starts as a seemingly standard rescue mission soon takes a disturbing, chilling turn, and this sets the scene for a very effective horror film.
One of the reasons why Rec works so well is the manner in which its shot. Its not the first film to adopt the handheld shooting style, and indeed there have been many clichéd attempts to follow the success of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. Yet the style suits Rec well, with the photography less a gimmick, and more a legitimate storytelling device.
Its fair to say that Rec is a dish best served cold, so itd be unfair to expand on the plot. However, be in no doubt that the mix of psychological creepiness and outright horror is very good, making the most of the claustrophobic surroundings, and wisely sidestepping many of the pitfalls of the genre. It has one or two problems, but its hard to quibble too much when the main feature works as well as this low-key, yet ultra-effective film does. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I've been searching for a really scary horror film that creeps me out the same way classic Asian horror films and "Blair Witch" did. I've been true-fright-free now for a couple of years and the current celluloid trend for questionable torture-porn/gore-no is something I deliberately choose to avoid.
Anyway, after several recommendations I arrived at "Rec"
Yes, admittedly the PoV thing is generally overdone. Personally I can never see any reason for a character continuing to film in situations of fear and terror and as we see more films using this technique the more tenuous it becomes as a device. Surely it would be the last thing on your mind but finally here we have a film where the continuation of filming is 90% believable. "Rec" starts as a documentary until things start to go downhill. The inclusion of real TV presenter Manuela Velasco as the main character (Angela) is clever but obviously means little to those of us who don't watch Spanish television.
As events take a turn for the worse, Angela's insistent demands (for the unseen Pablo) to "keep filming" are reason enough to keep the PoV going. Later on several static, accidental and incidental shots reinforce this illusion effectively and later still the camera becomes a tool rather than just our surrogate eye.
So having effectively conquered the "keep filming" issue Rec is free to indulge itself and to crank up the tension. Sadly (for me) after an intial peak I found the survival horror element slightly less than original and in danger of becoming "same old, same old". I actually caught myself thinking "oh no..not xxxxxxx again".
It's probably all my fault for being too old and having seen far too many films of this genre already.Read more ›
This two disc version has disc 1 [which holds the film] open to a main menu featuring play, scene selection, set up [basically Spanish 5.1 or 2.0, with subtitles in English on/off] and further attractions [basically 4 film trailers]. The second disc holds the bonus material comprising the making of, promotional gallery, interview gallery, the cutting room, production notes and the discs own set up [basically subtitles on/off].
The film starts off with a professional seeming interview filmed ‘through the lens’ that sets the tone for the film and a laid back pace which is continued on first arrival at the apartment complex but as the situation develops, so does the gradual tension. The acting and filming is excellent and the script, complete with lots of swearing, seems to fit the situation, giving a sense of realism as the bodies pile up. The interaction between inside and outside the building is handled well and realistically while the reactions of the participants -in the main shocked and subdued but growing more restless, seems to ring true.
The gore and scares are evenly spread between periods of exploration and discovery so a good pace is maintained. Even though it’s subtitled, it’s still easy to follow and they do not interfere too much with the viewing. The film has been remade in an English version [Quarantine] which retains over 80% of the script, but that lacks the realism seen in this original and is far to jerky. Definitely a ***** [despite the subtitles] and comes highly recommended.
After the phenomenal success of BWP a slew of horror films such as Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity and Diary of The Dead littered the video stores but for me REC is the best of the bunch.
Don't be put off by the fact that it's Spanish and with subtitles (unless you understand fluent Spanish which means you should enjoy the film even more).
Whilst filmed on a budget it does not show and all of the cast perform superbly.
It's a short film (77 minutes) with a fairly slow build up but those final 20 minutes or so are quite terrifying.
Watched under the right circumstances (at night, with the lights off, the sound up loud and preferably on your own) this film will scare the crap out of you.
I watched it during the middle of the day and it still had me jumping and I'm a veteran horror film watcher of over 40 years.
Highly recommended. Just don't be tempted to watch the US remake entitled "Quarantine". The original version is far superior.
Not a bad short story actually. Not fantastic either but I'm happy enough for it to have a place in my collection. Basically, it's another amateur filming style chiller ala Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, Blairwitch only this time, it's two person documentary team trying to follow firemen on a typical night. Of course, it goes a bit wrong and zombies get involved. It happens all the time...
It is quite scary in places but I didn't find it had the same full-on effect that Paranormal Activity had on me. Again, watching this in a darkened room too. It doesn't quite live up to the 'The scariest film ever' claim from the ever fantastic, News of the World, in my book.
On the Blu-Ray front, picture quality is good but the real strength comes from the use of HD audio, it's fantastic. Very immersive.
Languages: Spanish DTS-HD Master 5.1
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has to be the worst film I have ever brought. I started to watch the set ended up scanning through and then threw them in the dustbin. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B.S.
Velasco plays a local TV presenter reporting on the day to day working of a fire department, when they are suddenly called to an emergency in a block of flats by the police. Read morePublished 5 months ago by art
Rec is a Spanish film, so you’ll have to read subtitles for this one, but I promise you it’s worth it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GirlGeekUpNorth
a good fil but i dont like subtitles so i gave it to someone else but price was good as alwaysPublished 11 months ago by Frank Traynor
Misadvertising as it did not say in the description the film was in another language...Published 12 months ago by Aimzy
Lovely this movie! Don't be put off by Spanish subtitles. It's intense and interesting and the ending is great. It's one of the better cam like movies we have seen these daysPublished 13 months ago by kitty27