In 2007, directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza teamed up to unleash the genuinely harrowing [REC], a film that simply set out to scare the crap out of the audience, without any pretensions. The fan favourite quickly spawned the U.S. remake Quarantine, which only proved how innovative the original was.
[REC] is told through a reporter’s camera as she accompanies firefighters on a routine call and ends up trapped with them in an apartment building infected with a ferocious virus. Sealed in and desperate, they trace the contagion to the attic, discovering abandoned research on demonic possession. Needless to say, [REC] didn’t have a happy ending.
While infectious demonic possession was itself a disturbing premise, the live-television aesthetic of [REC] gave it a level of realism that translated into palpable fear – it was not just a film to be seen, but to be experienced.
Now the duo returns with [REC] 2, which leaps right back into the action as a medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed-off apartment to control the situation.
By using the flipped perspective of the camera-equipped troops, Balagueró and Plaza have designed a shocker meticulously calculated to set your nerves on edge. [REC] 2 is Aliens to Alien, a sequel that ramps up the action but does not defile the spirit of its predecessor. Balagueró and Plaza have proved themselves exciting additions to the gory canon of Euro-horror masters, and they can’t wait to drag the Midnight Madness audience into the darkness, screaming at the top of their lungs. —TIFF
Jaume Balagueró i Bernat (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒawme βalaɣeˈɾo]) (born 2 November 1968 in Lleida, Spain), is a Catalan film director widely known for his horror films.
Jaume Balagueró was born in Lleida, and grew up in Barcelona. He studied communications and photography at the University of Barcelona, graduating in 1991 with a degree in Communication Sciences. In 1992, Balagueró began work as a film journalist and radio host with the show “La espuma de los días” on Radio Hospitalet.
Balagueró began his filmmaking career with the short video projects El niño bubónico (1991) and La invención de la leche (1993). In 1994, Balagueró graduated to shooting on 35mm with the short film Alicia (1994). The film won the prize for Best Short film at the Sitges Film Festival. Balagueró returned with the short Days without Light (1995), which achieved similar success on the festival circuit.
Balagueró made his feature-length film debut with The Nameless (1999). Based on the… read more
Omg I wanted to kill my self, really it just loses it all, bye bye! Adios! come on the whole story just goes out the window, all of a sudden, theres more to the attic and your in "mission impossible" merged with "28 days later", then "the exorcist" with the unholy blood, then of course magic doors and objects a hint of "Shutter". Fuck me! Disapointing completly, should have stuck with the first movie...crap in a reel
The action continues from [Rec], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.
I loved the original film… read review
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