in about 100 words or less
Spain 75m, Colour
Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza; Cast: Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Manuel Bronchud, Martha Carbonell, Claudia Font, Vicente Gil
Remade in English as “Quarantine”, the original hand-held camera – pseudo-documentary style Spanish language horror film REC is superior film. Shot within the confines of an old apartment which has been locked down by the authorities, the residents and a team of firemen, accompanied by a reporter and camera man from a local television station become victims of a zombie-like outbreak from which there is no escape. REC is an exciting and frightening film which utilizes confined spaces and darkness to create an overwhelming sense of confusion and increasing helplessness for an ever decreasing number of uninfected characters. Although most “shaky cam” films are generally annoying, REC finds a good balance both literally and figuratively in its use (Klaus Ming May 2010).