Sadly, there are a lot of moviegoers who won’t give the time of day to foreign films. Even worse, many quality horror movies from overseas are remade as inferior products for this same American audience. This is precisely why it’s best to watch REC as it was originally intended; its effect simply can’t be duplicated.
A Spanish production, REC follows reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman during a night of filming at a local firehouse. While accompanying the firefighters to a local apartment building, they find the police breaking down a door only to be viciously attacked by the old woman inside. The building is soon sealed up as a quarantine precaution, leaving everyone inside to fend for themselves against the rage-crazed people inside.
There are a lot of awful found footage movies out there, but REC proves it can be done well in the right hands. The film’s tension only ramps up as it goes along, and the action is swift and brutal. There are some genuine shocks (including a character death that took me by surprise early on as it seemed this would’ve been one of the last to go), and the origins of the story that unfolds are far more bizarre than the typical bio-weapon run amok plot that’s so standard to nearly every zombie film.
If you’re looking for a zombie(ish) movie with a unique perspective, chances are REC will be right up your alley. It’s just a shame that it’s remake, Quarantine, managed to spoil the harrowing ending of both films in its trailer. Here’s hoping you missed it and have the opportunity to go into this nightmare fresh.