[Rec] – 4 out of 5
Did you ever see that 2008 “found footage” film called Quarantine with Dexter’s sister? If you haven’t, you’re lucky but if you have and are like me you remember that the film sucked on a level that broke new ground for a horror genre that is built upon sucking. The film was messy, poorly acted and the big pay off is that the zombie-like frenzy occurring in the film is the product of a disease resembling rabies—Resembling? Okay, basically these people just have a mutant strain of rabies. Things only get worse when you remember the film is remembered for giving away its ending in both the poster and in the trailer. What you may not know (I’ll admit, I didn’t know until recently because after watching Quarantine I did everything I could to forget that awful movie) was the film was an American remake of a Spanish film called [Rec] made only a year early. Here’s the kicker…[Rec] is better. I know, I know, the concept of an American remake being worse than a foreign original is completely unheard of (please read the sarcasm in that).
|"Hi, welcome to tonight's program. I sure hope America doesn't take this and suck|
out all that is good and entertaining and replace me with a shitty actress who thinks
talking out of the side of her mouth constitutes acting...now on to the weather..."
The story to [Rec] is nearly identical to the remake that was done here in the states with one crucial detail that was removed because American audiences are stupid (that’s why “found footage” films do so well despite the glaring fact that they are poorly acted and contain no story or plot) and the twist at the end of the original would have probably made reality TV show fans who saw it collapse into themselves like a dying star.
|And on that day Paris Hilton realized her dream...|
|"You want a copy of my band's demo tape?"|
|This dark shot and the beast hidden within is the scarier than all of American's|
horror films in the last 20 years.
|The copious amounts of cocaine helped this man deal|
with the horrors befalling the apartment building.
|And nothing is more real than that Casanova's mustache!|
The fact that the film also has a more intelligent ending beyond the lazy “it’s a virus” explanation also makes this film better beyond what the States created in the remake. This ending gives the film an edge and makes it smarter than the “just slap an ending on it.” When all the terror and carnage comes together at the end and you learn the truth of the situation you go “ohhhhh” and then the scariest damn part of the movie begins. The film rewards you for engaging with it and trying to figure out what’s going on with the characters and doesn’t just give you the explanation half-way through the movie and then decides to show you the ending you already saw in the trailer and again on the poster when you saw it at the theater.
|This looks familiar...yet it was still somehow better than the American version's|
ending that came out a year later.
|Shadowy figure standing intimidatingly at the far end of the|
hall...I see no danger here.