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Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter

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iwoolf, Peter and I managed to catch this much-lauded Spanish horror film at the Norton St Cinemas last night.

[rec] could easily be summed up as Cloverfield with zombies as a perky young reporter from  a local tv station accompanies some firemen to a call out in an apartment block. Up to that point, their night was very boring, with no footage to show. When they get to the apartment to release the woman "trapped" inside - and find she has a taste for human flesh... it's ON!

The building is sealed off by the authorities - no-one can get out. People who are bitten crave human flesh themselves. It all gets a bit intense really as the diminishing pool of survivors try to work out how to get out of the apartment block and find out what's going on.

The entire film is shot from the tv camera's pov - therefore be prepared for lots of shaky camera work but [rec] is not just dependent on the you-are-there view as a gimmick, it does take time to develop the characters, the situation and develop the back story.

It is also the most fun I've had at the movies in ages - once everything goes terribly wrong it's like being trapped on the world's most poorly maintained roller coaster - the film just doesn't let up (though I don't think it's anywhere near as gory as the review I'd read made me believe) until it reaches its great last shot.

I'm thoroughly sick of zombie films, but [rec] rejuvenates the cliche and makes them frightening again. Highly recommended to jaded horror fans.

Unfortunately the inevitable American remake has been announced as "Quarantine".

Here's a trailer for [rec], that shows you nothing but the audiences' reaction (our's was fairly restrained by comparison)

And here's an English language teaser:

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I can't comment on the film, of course, but that is such a good ad!

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