Sunday, August 8, 2010

Scary Sunday (8/8/10)

The Daily Recommended movie for this week's Scary Sunday will be...

[REC] (Spain, 2007) - Color, Director: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza
MPAA Rating: R for bloody horror, violence, and language.
Approx. 78 min.

Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars

This movie begins with the lovely Manuela Velasco playing a charming and spunky young reporter who's doing a story on firefighters and what they do "behind-the-scenes". She gets a tour of the station and we get to see where they eat, sleep, shower and everything. Eventually, the station receives a call and they get to go on a ride-along as the firefighters respond to the call. Upon arriving at the apartment building, the police are already on the scene and some of the concerned tenants are gathering outside of their units. Firefighters, police, and camera crew all go up to check out the situation and we catch our first glimpse of a disturbed elderly woman, covered in bloodstains, making strange groaning sounds. After subduing the old lady, they go back downstairs to find that the building has been deemed "hazardous" and is being quarantined with everyone inside. As you might have guessed by now, this is a zombie movie. Eventually, we got guys in bio-hazard suits coming in and injecting the infected ones with something in an attempt to control the spread of this virus. Failing miserably, the building is soon overrun by zombies and our survivors are left to fend for themselves while trapped in an apartment building.

As this movie plays out, it builds this overwhelming sense of dread as the people are trapped in this building. There's sort of a claustrophobic feeling and an anxious sense of urgency for them to get from one safe room to another. The idea behind and execution of this film was excellent at creating an atmosphere of being trapped, overwhelming dread, and total helplessness. There was a Hollywood remake of this movie by the name of Quarantine, that was pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the original.... but for some reason... I thought it totally sucked!!! I'm not sure what the American remake was lacking, but it didn't have the same atmosphere and sense of dread that the original had. I also liked the way the mystery behind what was responsible for the outbreak unraveled in the original... it was much creepier than the way they tried to recreate it in the American remake. (and then spoiled it in their trailer!)

T&A Factor: No nudity here guys, although we get a few good angles looking down the lovely Manuela's cleavage.

Gore: Not quite as gory as other zombie movies either. No up-close shots of people's throats getting chewed out or intestines spilling from gaping wounds. Any gore is used in moderation.

Awesome: Very. Good and creepy movie, HIGHLY recommended. Skip the remake.