Sunday, 25 April 2010


Vendetta Films
Available now on DVD

You don't have to have seen the prequel to [REC]2 to enjoy (by which I mean have the bejeezus scared out of you) this Spanish horror film. Those with an aversion to shaky, handheld camera work (here's looking at you, David Stratton), may want to pop a motion sickness pill or avoid it altogether.

Something has occurred in an apartment building and the authorities have placed it in lockdown: no-one gets in or out. No-one that is except a team of Special Ops and a priest, the first sign that whatever has happened isn't your everyday occurence.

And sure enough the truth is soon revealed involving the Vatican, possession by demon, blood experiments - and all hell breaking loose, as the SWAT team are soon set upon by the now demonic residents of the building (and you thought your neighbours were bad!).

All of this action is caught on handy cam with the SWAT team members documenting everything that happens on film. There's also a trio of teenagers with their own camera, who snuck into the building once their curiosity was piqued by police activity outside. Half way through the film, we switch to their point of view to get a different take on the action; the two p.o.v's converging for the film's finale.

If you enjoyed Paranormal Activity than there's no reason [REC]2 won't satisfy your scare quota. There's certainly a lot more action (and blood) in this Spanish film than the American low budgeter. And at 85 minutes, it doesn't outstay its welcome. It also suggests that the evil at work in [REC]2 will live to see another night, so if you like this one, stay tuned.

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