Vetting movies before they get shown at my horror nights is pretty important given the horrific disaster when I didn’t check the wobbling shower of turds that is SARS WARS: Bangkok Zombie Crisis (2004, Taweewat Wantha) and inflicted it on my poor, poor friends. Hence this film is one of the films that will undergo the vetting process and will get a pass/fail at the end of the review.
[.REC] is one of a double bill of ‘shakeycam’ films that I watched over the weekend, this is the small scope film the other one has a more grand vision. Inspired in all probability by two things, the success of The Blair Witch Project all that way back in 1999 and the proliferation of terrible local interest television. The film follows local TV presenter Ángela Vidal as she accompanies the district Fire Dept on a call that spirals from confusion to abject terror. It’s a compact and taut thriller, the tension continues to ratchet up leading to the excellently played final scenes. It’s a definite ‘PASS’ for any horror night, clocking in at an excellent 74 minutes in length.