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Tag line : Experience Fear

[REC]With the horror film market being primarily dominated by the US and, to an extent, the UK film industries, its always a refreshing change when a good foreign language film comes along once in a while.

Set in Barcelona, this 2007 Spanish horror film has a TV crew following the fire department around as part of a "fly-on-the-wall" documentary series about the emergency services, when they get a call to help the police and ambulance crews break into the flat of an old lady.

Believing her to be injured and trapped inside, the emergency crews force their way into the flat, only to find her suffering from some rabies like virus, as she subsequently starts to attack them, taking a huge bite out of one of the police officers in the process.

Having subdued the woman, they attempt to leave, only to find the authorities have sealed off the doors and placed the building under quarantine. With no one allowed to enter or leave, the firemen and police officers stuck inside find themselves fighting a battle for survival with the remaining tenants, as the rabies like virus starts spreading amongst them, turning the infected into blood thirsty killers, whilst the documentary team captures all the shocking scenes on their cameras.

Filmed in Spanish with English sub-titles, the movie is told from a "first person perspective", using footage entirely from the film crews camera, and is probably best described as "Blair Witch" meets "Dawn of the Dead".

It's not what you might call an action movie, relying heavily on atmosphere, and the storyline might not be completely original, but it certainly has its moments, featuring bloody shocks and scares aplenty, and is a damn site better than George Romero's "Diary of the Dead" which came out in the same year.

This one only had a very limited theatrical run in the UK before hitting DVD shelves, so it is entirely possible this one might have passed you by. However, if you are a fan of zombie films and you have yet to see this, you should most definitely check this one out. It also went on to spawn a US remake entitled "Quarantine" the year after release and a sequel, "[REC]2"  in 2010.

Overall Marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Trapped, No Mercy, No Escape, No one Gets out Alive", "Just one witness, a video camera", "Whatever you witness, never stop recording", "Live from Hell".

  • There were no sets built for the film, the movie was entirely shot at real locations. The fire house being a real fire house and the block of flats being an actual block of flats.

  • The films budget was €1,500,000.

  • The cameraman, Pablo, was played by the films cinematographer Pablo Rosso.

  • The idea for the film apparently came about following a conversation directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza had about horror films one evening whilst they were out drinking and thought it would be interesting to make a film about a reality documentary film crew stumbling into a zombie outbreak.

  • The working title of the film was "Bomberos" (Firemen).

  • Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza had previously co-directed the 2002 documentary "OT The Movie" together.

  • The film was not released in the US until after the remake "Quarantine" came out.

  • The "Medeiros" girl zombie at the end of the film was actually played a male actor, who was heavily made up.

  • For the scene where the firemen falls down the stairs, none of the cast were told what was going to happen. The shocked look on their faces was a genuine reaction.

  • The cast did not receive full scripts for the film and were only given enough portions to cover each days shooting as the director wanted them to improvise as much as possible.

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