Holy crap, I saw this in the movies in Spain when it came out. Christ I left my heart back there at the end of the movie, I HATE spanish movies one out of 20 are good, this was one of those few. I really liked it, and I didnt sleep the next two nights.
Then as always and american dir has to say, hey you know what, lets make the same movie, sound familiar? Grunge, Shutter, REC, Mean Machine, the eye and so forth.
Oh my, this was a bit good! I had sort of high expectations for this one, due to the wealth of quality horror coming out of Spain at the moment but I wasn't prepared for how good this actually is. It's got an interesting build-up, leading to a real Zombie fest before the last five minutes, which were sublime and rather excellently done.
This is an absolute MUST-SEE!
[MUBI] This is a horror masterpiece that created a whole new subgenre and still it has very Spanish qualities to it. It is absolutely brutal and oh so very well crafted, shot, edited and super scary. A true classic.
One of the absolute pinnacles of the found-footage sub-genre. Not only does REC function as a genuinely good horror film, engaging with requisite scenes of terror & suspense, violence & emotion, it remains rigidly faithful to its self-reflexive concept. Never breaking character to cheat the audience, the filmmakers use restrictions in the format to find new ways of presenting standard horror set-pieces & conventions.
A competent and occasionally clever exercise in reverse-siege zombie-horror, with, at its heart, an Umbrella-style experiment gone every bit as horribly wrong as these experiments typically go. While not extraordinary, this is an effective little freak-out of a film, and the closing sequence discloses one of the neater specters of the monstrous alien in recent memory. I mean cinema. I mean, something.