Ive never even heard of this before, Ive seen the title of the movie pop up here and there. But after watching this, I am so gonna see this movie.
Click here for the official trailer to Rec. The movie follows a TV reporter and her cameraman as they follow a group of local fire fighters. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams - which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report. Its very Blair Witch like but to me, seems more action packed full of horror and scares than Blair Witch, which for me is bad news. Since Blair Witch scared the living shit outta me. Fuck you, Ill admit it. Of course when I first saw Blair Witch, it was opening night when it was in limited release, and I believed the hype the movie had with the whole, THIS IS REAL thing. I thought those damn kids were really dying and shit. Ugh. Now I can at least watch Blair Witch just fine.... up till the end in that house, fuck that shit.
Sony's Screen Gems is remaking the film under the title Quarantine. Shooting begins soon in Los Angeles.
As for a review itself from the film festivals this movie has shown it, this person had the following to say.
This movie played after Atonement in a double bill at the Venice Film Festival. Within fifteen minutes the previously full cinema was half empty with people filing out of the auditorium in panicked droves. Those who stayed were treated to the proverbial roller-coaster ride and walked out of the Sala Biennale having shared a deeply traumatic yet brilliant experience. REC had me literally screaming with terror and enjoyment.
A bubbly, ambitious TV journalist reports on the seemingly dull sedentary life of an urban fire station and a call to help a strange old lady locked in her apartment hardly seems worthy covering. The chaos, mayhem and trauma that erupts when the old lady plunges her teeth into the neck of the previously sympathetic fireman is simply sensational.
This is not a casual Zombie movie but the usual rules of contamination apply. The live news report style in which it is filmed invoke a jarring sense of participation which make Blair Witch feel cute, dated and comparatively boring.
The release date is November 23rd. Whether that is for US or not remains to be seen.