- October 17th, 2012
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For me, the holy grail of cinema verite movement in horror films of the last half dozen years has to be the REC franchise. The initial film in the series, [REC], has spawned numerous imitators and left a mark on the genre with its intensity and creativity. The story follows Barcelona TV reporter Angelina who, while making a documentary about the lives of late-night fireman, rides along on an emergency call to an apartment complex only to find it infested with zombie plague and trapped inside by a government quarantine. The POV style narrative finds a way to exploit the strengths of the cinema verite style and provide the viewer with an inside the chaos view that almost feels like a haunted house ride of life-or-death proportions. This was definitely the film that opened my eyes to just how good modern Spanish horror films could be. Don’t waste your time with its butchered American copycat cousin, Quarantine. [REC] and its resulting 2 sequels are a franchise that belong in horror royalty.