Monday, October 24, 2011

Pwaters' Month of Terror Day 24: [REC]

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and creatures lurking in the shadows!  This month, October, is a favorite among horror fans, such as myself.  My goal for the next 31 days is to share with you the scariest and best of the genre.  The films will range from old school classics to modern day gorefests (they won't be in any particular order).  So scout these movies out, grab a bag of popcorn (or a blood bag) and enjoy!

REC (2007)
Dir. Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

REC, in my opinion, very well may be the scariest film of the 2000's.  Recently we've seen a huge influx of "mockumentary" styled horror films (such as Paranormal Activity, Diary of the Dead, and Cloverfield), but REC outshines them all in terms of sheer nightmare-inducing quality.  This Spanish production follows a news team as they go on a routine "around town" type of story at a local fire station.  The fire team gets an emergency call from an apartment building and the news crew, not wanting to miss some juicy coverage, travels along with them.  Once inside however, it turns out that what has been causing the disturbance wasn't a fire - it is something much more sinister....ZOMBIES.  Unluckily enough the news team along with everyone else in the apartment are soon quarantined inside and must fend for their lives from terrifying, infected monsters!

If this sounds familiar to you US Americans out there (reference to Miss Teen South Carolina), that's because a pointless, nearly SHOT FOR SHOT english-language remake was released as Quarantine, starring that chick from The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  They're pretty much identical films, but the acting is much, much better in the Spanish version.  If you're one of those people who'd rather watch it sans subtitles it really doesn't matter with this film - the dialogue is sparse and it feels more like a walk-through haunted house than a typical horror movie.  It's also pretty annoying that during the advertising and publicity of Quarantine little was mentioned of the [superior] original film.  REC is a perfect movie for Halloween, especially if it's a dark night and you've gathered up a crowd of scaredy cats - so find it, love it, and pray to your god that the building you're in now won't be sealed off next!

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