Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

[REC] 2007

Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

Zombies chomp on a reality TV crew (and others) in the horror flick of the year. "Run, escape, survive... but never stop recording."

Spain In Spanish with English subtitles
85 minutes DigiBeta


Jaume Balagueró
Paco Plaza
Luis A. Berdejo


Pablo Rosso


David Gallart


Carlos Ann


Manuela Velasco
Ferrán Terraza
Jorge Yamam
Carlos Lasarte
Pablo Rosso
David Vert


Venice 2007; Rotterdam 2008


Ever since The Blair Witch Project, the faux horror documentary has had many imitators, culminating with the big-budget Cloverfield. Unfortunately all these imitators failed to do the one thing demanded of the new genre: scare the hell out of us. We're happy to report that [REC] makes up for prior transgressions with the story of perky TV reporter Angela, whose show "While You Sleep" covers the nocturnal activities of Barcelona firemen. When a report of a screaming woman in an apartment block comes in, Angela and her crew of two follow the dedicated team to the emergency. The brisk [REC] doesn't waste a moment with its claustrophobic setup and, once things start to go wrong, it builds to a kind of hysterically sustained tension rarely seen on the big screen. Festival audiences have been screaming at characters during the last five minutes "PLEASE DON'T GO THERE!". Get ready to poop your pants, NZ. — AT