Gruesome Twosome Day 24: [REC]Monday, October 25th, 2010
I saw the remake of [REC], Quarantine, long before I saw the original. While they are both nearly identical (Quarantine is a near shot for shot remake of the Spanish language [REC], there is a raw, urgent quality to the less polished [REC] that is missing from the more expensive remake. One of the Shaky Cam school of films (the best being District 9, in my opinion) a reporter for an expose show gets more than she bargained for when she follows around the crew at a firehouse one night. They recieve a call about a woman trapped in her apartment and screams coming from within. The problem is the old bitch is just a bit more lively than the call let on. What follows is a nailbiting night of horror that culminates in one of the creepier endings in horror film history. While some of the acting in this film is uneven (indeed, the actress playing the lead could hire herself out as the shrillest of shrews) the understated special/makeup effects are very much worth seeing. I very much needed a palate cleanser after Splice, and this was just what the doctor ordered. See this, and, for me, see the remake as well to see just what differences I’m talking about.
See ThatWeirdGirl’s review here.