So I keep hearing about this cool horror movie from Spain called, “[Rec]“.
Here’s the plot synopsis:
While covering the night shift at a small-town fire department, an ambitious young television reporter and her cameraman follow the crew on a call to rescue an elderly woman unable to escape the inferno that is consuming her home. Upon their arrival at the scene, the calm midnight air is pierced by the sound of horrific screams, and the television report takes an unexpectedly dark turn.
So, yeah, it’s got that Cannibal Holocaust / Blair Witch Project fake documentary thing going on, but clearly that doesn’t bother me so whatever. Besides, this one is apparently so good that a US remake was started before it was even released. Wow, ok.
To the torrents, Robin!
Anyway, I found a few copies and downloaded one. It’s so new that there aren’t any subtitles yet, so I watched it in Spanish. Thanks to the Spanish I absorbed from Sesame Street in my own childhood and overhearing years of Dora the Explorer watched by my kids, I understood pretty much… well, nothing. “Basta” means “enough”, I think. That’s about it.
Still, horror movies follow a formula so I was able to follow along. Reporter Goes In, thinking that it’s a standard puff piece. Things Go Wrong. Then, it Gets Worse. “Shut off that camera”. “Keep filming!” (this is where he said “Basta!” :-)) You get the idea.
You already know whether you’ll like this movie or not. It’s “one of those”, although it is a well made one. The acting is better than you probably expect, and the creepy bits are extremely creepy. I liked it, and if you dig these kinds of movies you probably will, too.
Wait for the subtitles, though. There were some explanatory bits that I’d like to understand, and a couple of conversations that looked important. I guess this gives me a reason to see it again.