I bought this film without really knowing what to expect...when was the last time I watched a Spanish horror film? Never, actually.
Funnily enough, there are only three things wrong with this movie. First, it is all in Spanish...so it takes some of the experience of movie watching out having to read everything that is being said. Second, there are no opening credits or title shot, meaning that the movie just sort of begins without warning, but in the end this really isnt important.
Finally...there is no music in the film...but this makes sense as the film is shot from the perspectives of one of the characters.
It is this that makes the film so good however. Unlike the Blair Witch Project, which left me knowing how to swear alot but able to do little else, it delivers a terrifying experience. The enemy is similar to that of your typical horror...people, refusing to die, after being exposed to a wierd virus.
However it is the realistic approach to the events that create an unbelievable sense of tension and fear, and makes this one of the most origional films there is. The policemen don't get scared and wack out a shotgun, shooting everyone; the zombies don't shuffle around or try to look evil and fail. In fact, the creatures, that are not quite zombies anyway, are so varied that you are never looking at the same thing twice.
The script is written in a realistic and convincing way and the actors bring each of their characters to life.No one plays the hero, no one tries to be cool. They scream when something scary happens, but quiet down when they are told to. They panic when the audience would, but don't make stupid decisions like running off on their own.
The best thing about this film however is the fact that we can only see certain things. The audience is shoved right into the story, as we witness everything through the eyes of a cameraman...who catches only segments of the events unfolding in the apartment block, and as a result we rarely actually see exactly what is goingf on. Instead of seeing someone get killed we are rewarded with looking at their ravaged bodies afterwards and panicking while trying to figure out what the hell is going to happen next.
As far as horror movies go, this is one of the scariest made. It's easy to pile buckets of blood and gore onto the screen and to try and scare people with the usual "lets run off into this dark tunnel alone" thing we've seen hundreds of times before, but none of it is really scary. Rec however combines a terrifying situation, delievered in a realistic way, with a fair share of bloody events to create a movie whose ending few minutes are the scariest of the film...leaving an experience hard to forget.
On and by the way...if you really don't like the idea of having to read subtitles for an hour and a half...wait for the American remake of the film coming later in the year..."Quarantine". Knowing that though......it won't be as good.