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Author Topic: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)  (Read 10158 times)

Jay

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Re: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
« Reply #15 on: 30 Apr 2008 - 22:31 »

Good, innit?

Just got the filmmakers' new horror film set for Spanish TV: Cuento de Navidad (Plaza), La Culpa (Serrador), La Habitacion del Nino (Alex De La Inglesia), Para Gintar a Vivar (Balaguero), Adivina Quien Soy (Gurbizu), Regresa a Moira (Gil).

Nice.
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« Reply #16 on: 01 May 2008 - 08:42 »

I really enjoyed [REC] - It was the best horror-going experience I've had on the big screen since Haunte Tension!  ::)

The re-make looks like a complete waste of time from the trailer I've seen.
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« Reply #17 on: 01 May 2008 - 10:23 »

An excerpt from an interview I conducted with the two directors at the San Sebastian Horror Film Festival (in next issue of The Dark Side):

Jay Slater: The Spanish horror movie, like its Italian counterpart, is rich in heritage. What can the small Spanish genre film give against the American heavyweight?
Paco Plaza: I’m not sure. You know, it’s not really true that we have a Spanish horror heritage. The both of us, as well as any other Spanish horror director of our generation, grew up watching American genre movies. I mean, John Carpenter is much closer to me than Jesus Franco or Paul Naschy. I grew up watching Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982)…
Jaume Balagueró: For me, the movies of Dario Argento and Mario Bava were the biggest influences on me than Spanish cinema during the Seventies. You see, if Spanish movies of the period had a particular style and identity, they were pedestrian when compared to the films of David Cronenberg or David Lynch.
Paco Plaza: I think that Spanish cinema is the same now as it was in the 1970s. Absolutely: it’s appreciated more outside of Spain than in its own country. When we work and travel to France, Britain and the States, everyone says to us, ‘There is something going in Spain.’ And it’s not. Not especially (laughs).
Jaume Balagueró: When we were in France, we were told that Spanish horror is becoming more and popular. I don’t know. When we are in Spain, we are told as to what is happening in France with Alexandra Alea. What’s going on over there?! I think that it’s natural for a country’s people to hate its own culture and love another’s. Maybe it’s true, I don’t know.
Paco Plaza: But it’s true. Genre films made in Spain don’t have the success at home as they do overseas. The Spanish critics and journalists do not appreciate Spanish horror; however, if we were to travel abroad, we’re told that the Spanish genre is hot. You know, it’s really happening here in Spain. But we don’t have that feeling.
Jaume Balagueró: I’ll tell you; my horror movies are more appreciated in Europe than they are in Spain.
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« Reply #18 on: 01 May 2008 - 12:35 »

I thoroughly enjoyed [Rec] - it almost restored my faith in modern horror films. I'll agree with Philleh in that it's the best horror I've seen since Haute Tension. The acting is superb and they push the concept of the 'viewer as the camera man' to it's furthest possible limits, whilst still remaining totally credible.
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« Reply #19 on: 02 Jun 2008 - 21:19 »

A couple of Spanish editions of this have just been released and seem to feature English audio in addition to the familiar Spanish. The two-disk edition looks particularly appealing but, judging from a review of the Blue-ray edition, the extras aren't subtitled.

http://www.zonadvd.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=817

Apparently a two-disk set is being released in the UK in August.
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« Reply #20 on: 03 Jun 2008 - 13:58 »

i watched this in Spanish with French subtitles a few weeks ago. A good fresh film but I wouldn't say it was excellent.
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Re: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
« Reply #21 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 09:30 »

[REC] 2007

Manuela Velasco (Angela Vidal), Pablo Rosso (Pablo)

Directed by Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza

Angela and her cameraman Pablo work for a nightly television program. One fateful evening they are recording the daily activities of their local fire department. A call comes through later that night of a woman trapped within her apartment. Angela and Pablo accompany the firemen on what is first thought to be a non serious altercation. Once they get to the apartment complex, a frightening discovery is made. An old woman is found near hysterical in her apartment. She quickly attacks a policeman biting him fatally in the throat. The old woman is shot down. Upon attempting to exit the building, police and soldiers seal off all exits to the complex. It is soon learned that a deadly infection has broke out in the building. With the trapped individuals rapidly turning into unstoppable, ravenous, flesh-eating zombies, the remaining survivors manage to find safety within a locked and long dormant apartment upstairs where the most horrible discovery lies in wait.

The winner of many film festival awards, [REC] is a truly scary and surprisingly nail biting horror film from Spain. Some of the most intense scenes of terror in years are found in this movie that owes its being to Romero's zombie movies and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) and maybe a dash of 28 DAYS LATER (2002). The premise is very simple and the directors manage to pull off some great "Boo" moments with highlights being the scene involving the little girl and the seriously goosebump inducing final minutes. Once the movie really gets going the frantic pace never lets up. Everyone goes simply crazy frantically trying to stay alive and just like in BLAIR WITCH the directors kept the cast members in the dark about what was going to happen throughout the numerous attack sequences to capture genuine fright in the performances.

Once the occupants and others are trapped inside the building, the outside authorities inform them that a health inspector will be along shortly to assess the situation. Nothing about their predicament is revealed until the inspector is sent in clad in a biohazard suit. At first he says nothing till the situation begins to get out of hand and he reveals that the infection stems from a sick dog brought to a vet a few days prior--a dog belonging to one of the apartment occupants. Very quickly the scene turns into a savage and harrowing bid to survive the night among the ever growing horde of hungry dead.

There's a lot of shaky cam during some of the more chaotic moments but it's no more so than what is found in CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1979). The film also sports some great make up and subtle use of gore. One of the most unsettling aspects of this movie are the sound effects. Whether it be simple noises heard from afar, those heard in pitch black rooms or the extraordinarily unnerving groans and screeches heard from the zombies, the horrific realism is amplified by the lack of music. Nothing compares to the skin crawling final 10 minutes however once the last survivors manage to secure themselves within a locked room the only light being the one mounted on the camera. That is soon broken leaving only the cameras night vision. The less known about the final minutes the better.

The film only lasts a brisk 75 minutes with credits. The film originally ran around 2 hours but was cut down to this length by the directors to intensify the escalating sense of frenzy and horror. The 2 disc edition apparently reveals an alternate ending found during an interview with the lead actress as well as the deleted scenes. The single disc edition, which I have, has a 40 minute making of documentary, audio commentary and a selection of trailers and tv spots. Unfortunately, none of these features have English subtitles. The film itself has an English dub as well as the much preferable Spanish soundtrack with English subtitles. The dub is pretty bad and the intense nature of the film is lost watching the movie in English, IMO.

Adding a blow to this superior horror movie is the dreaded American remake which hits theaters sometime this year under the title QUARANTINE (2008). A trailer is online for this and it seems some of the original films scenes have been re-shot for the remake. I can't imagine it being better than this but as good as [REC] is, I'll definitely check out the US remake to get as close a theatrical experience to the original as possible. With the utterly gruesome French endurance test, INSIDE (2007) and this panic riddled, schizophrenic scare ride easily being the two best horror flicks I've seen in a long while not to mention the highly touted shock fest from France entitled MARTYRS (2008), real horror is definitely found abroad and appears to stay that way for a (hopefully) long, long time.
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« Reply #22 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 11:10 »


Jose Antonio Diego with Manuela at the premiere in San Sebastian (November 2007)  ::)

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Re: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
« Reply #23 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 11:12 »

Seriously cool Jose!  ::) :P
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Stephen Grimes

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Re: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
« Reply #24 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 12:05 »

Seconded.
Great photo Jose  :'(
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« Reply #25 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 12:18 »

Superb photo Jose!
She really played her role to perfection in [REC].
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« Reply #26 on: 15 Jul 2008 - 03:28 »

Here's two trailers for what seems to be, aside from some differences, the upcoming shot-for-shot remake, QUARANTINE. If this thing makes money I wonder if some reporter will make mention of the original as "Quarantine, an update of a low budget Spanish film from 2007..." :o

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809956042/video
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Hans

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Re: [REC] (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)
« Reply #27 on: 16 Aug 2008 - 16:33 »

I just watched the UK dvd release of this one.  Excellent flick.  I would really just be repeating all of the praise that this one has received in this thread.  Perfectly paced and well-shot w/excellent performances.  Not a whole lot that this film didn't pull off.  One of my favorites this year.
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« Reply #28 on: 28 Aug 2008 - 08:32 »

Really enjoyed this one.

[spoiler]Though the conveniently-timed onset of the little girl's infection was a tad contrived as was the gay guy placing himself within reach of the infected health inspector by standing near the bars while talking to the fireman that it spoiled the shock.[/spoiler]

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« Reply #29 on: 28 Aug 2008 - 11:41 »

Got the DVD for my birthday, i'll be watching it again soon with English this time!!
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