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Even as someone who has not seen either the original two [Rec] films or its American remake Quarantine, I can recognize the imagery from all three in the form of a simple but effective red light signaling a recording camera. The posters for the upcoming prequel [Rec] Genesis and sequel [Rec] Apocalypse play on this well, and in one case in a manner best described as explosive!
First, a quick explanation of the plan for both movies. These are connected to the first two films from Mexico, and the plan is to have the co-directors of those to split off and make their own iterations in the series. Paco Plaza will direct the prequel Genesis, while Jaume Balagueró will take on the sequel and what I would assume is the final film, Apocalypse. The approach seems unique, and I can’t think of any other series that has utilized such a method in the past. »
- Nick Newman
We've got less than a month until top ten lists for 2010 are due. Which means we've got less than a month to catch up on all the films we missed. In an effort to make sure I don't overlook anything in my own personal movie cramming session, I posted this message to Twitter earlier this afternoon:
Finish this sentence: "The movie you need to see before making your 2010 best-of list is ____________."
The responses I got, from professional critics and amateur enthusiasts, created such an impressive list, that I thought it was worth sharing. Obviously there are holes, and the nature of my question to Twitter means massive hits like "Inception" didn't get mentioned. But this is a good place to start catching up, and I'm more than willing to make this a living document. If there are movies you think deserve to be added, send me a message on Twitter. »
- Matt Singer
Dark House Poster
The 2010 Fangoria Frightfest film entries are moving to DVD this week through Phase 4. This series released in Canada September 21st and the Us release is scheduled for September 28th. Films included: mysterious thriller The Tomb, the suspenseful The Haunting, the goreific Pig Hunt, the dismal Hunger, the disturbing Grimm Love, the original Road Kill, shocker Fragile and this year's winner of the event Dark House. This film festival competition was successful because of fan support and horror enthusiasts can have a look at the DVD special features for each of the titles listed here inside.
Director: Darin Scott.
Producer: Mark Sonoda.
The synopsis for Dark House:
"A group of hot young drama students are recruited to work in a new 'haunted house' attraction by flamboyant, impresario Walston Rey »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
[Rec]2 follows the time-honoured tradition of sequels, by on paper offering us much more whilst actually delivering a far lesser experience. The original 2007 mock-doc horror thrived on its simple premise and pared down execution, with a single camera and largely mysterious threat. The sequel provides multiple POVs, religious overtones and a feast of clunky exposition up front, all of which largely squander the tightly constructed pleasures of the original.
Things start well as the film picks up more or less immediately from where the last film left off, with a second crew preparing to enter the quarantined building. There's a sense of integrity in how the two overlap, with the same directing team helping it maintain the look and feel of the original. The second team are a group of Swat-esque armed police, each equipped with their own helmet-cam. Joining them is a cameraman (to document everything) and the shady Dr. »
Destroy The Brain’s Late Nite Grindhouse is proud to bring [Rec]2 to The Hi-Pointe Theatre for a St. Louis Premiere! [Rec]2 was released in theatres in the Us on July 7th. However, as most St. Louis horror fans know, we never get any independent horror films until months later. Not any longer. This booking is very important as we need to show the studios that St. Louis is full of genre fans and that horror films need to make… a stop here even though St. Louis isn’t a major market.
[Rec]2 is showing July 30th & 31st at Hi-Pointe Theatre (1005 McCausland Ave). Show starts at Midnight!
In the acclaimed 2007 Spanish horror film [Rec], remade as Quarantine in the U.S., a television reporter and her cameraman, covering the night shift in one of Barcelona.s local fire stations for a documentary TV series, respond to an emergency in which an old woman is »
- Andy Triefenbach
While fans of Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's Spanish zombie pictures [Rec] and [Rec]2 are no doubt waiting for the upcoming, solo directed prequel and sequel films, they're going to have to wait just a little bit longer.
Balaguero, you see, is currently hard at work on an unrelated project, a home invasion thriller that previously went by the title of Flatmate but is now in production as Sleep Tight. Here's the synopsis:
We all know who our friends are but what about our acquaintances? Those people who play a small part in our everyday lives, how well do we really know them? And how well do they know us?
Director Jaume Balagueró ([Rec], [Rec]2) is back with a disturbing new psychological thriller that will leave audiences squirming in their seats.
With this new work, Balagueró takes a break from the more traditional horror format, exploring instead the more sophisticated mechanics of the suspense genre. »
[Rec] 2 opened in limited release today, and the sequel picks up immediately after the events of the first movie, using the same apartment building as the original. Co-director and writer Paco Plaza told About.com that preparing re-create the setting wasn't as difficult as staging long sequences that were played before a single camera.
Not really; we shot in the same building and it looked pretty much the same. We had to replicate the penthouse on set because we had much more FX involved and it was impossible to shoot in the real location. Art director Gemma [Fauria] did a great job.
Our job was to create a situation and drop the camera man inside to capture it. But as you say, we had to dedicate long hours in working in the blocking of the scenes, »
Photo: Magnet Releasing Somehow the 2007 Spanish found footage horror film Rec never made its way to American theaters and was relegated to a 2009 DVD release, which was how I finally saw it. Rec lived up to the hype as an extremely thrilling first person horror feature centered on a television crew who follows a local group of firefighters as they attend to an emergency at a nearby apartment building. Once inside they find they are trapped as a virus of some sort has infected all of the residents, turning them into murderous walking dead. However, don't be so quick to call them zombies as Rec 2, the decent follow-up to the first film, is intent on pointing out.
Picking up almost immediately where the first film left off (15 minutes if you consult the production notes), Rec 2 centers on a Swat team called in to secure the quarantined apartment building as well »
- Brad Brevet
[Rec] 2 is ferocious. Like the bloodthirsty killers it chronicles, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s sequel to their 2007 hit is rabid in the extreme. A bloody powerhouse of a horror movie without a pinch of fat on its bones, [Rec] 2 (which begins its U.S. theatrical run tomorrow, July 9 from Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet Releasing arm; go here for playdates) is relentless, sharp, and angry. Not only does it stomp in the footsteps of its predecessor with unrivaled confidence, it’s a shocking rollercoaster ride all its own and serves notice once again that Spanish horror is back and here to stay.
- email@example.com (Jay Slater)
Not that it’s any great distinction, but the 2007 Spanish neo-zombie movie [Rec] remains the best of the Blair Witch knockoffs—an intense, self-contained, admirably economical horror film that uses the same first-person, faux-doc camera technique to more terrifyingly explicit ends. (In 2008, it was remade in the U.S. as Quarantine, to substantially less acclaim.) Confining the action to a single location—an apartment building increasingly overwhelmed by infected humans turned rabid and feral—directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (who also co-scripted, with Luis Berdejo) build tension in tight quarters and make powerful use of spare lighting »
Hoping to further show what really happens behind the scenes of police and Swat invasions and medical emergencies, Filmas Entertainment, in conjunction with Magnet Releases, is set to shock audiences around the world again with its newest release, ‘[Rec] 2.’ Following in the footsteps of its 2007 predecessor, ‘[Rec],’ Spanish directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza once again brilliantly capture the fear people face when placed in traumatizing situations. The two also show ordinary people’s on-going desire to capture their terror of authority and uncertainty of medicine and religion on camera to show to the world. ‘[Rec] 2′ is uniquely different, and a welcome change, from most other horror sequels, [...] »
With Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's disturbing sequel done right, [Rec] 2, available now on VOD and heading to theaters July 9th courtesy of Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, we've decided that the time is right to give away some goodies!
One lucky winner will get not only a full-size poster signed by writers/directors Balagueró and Plaza but also the following Magnet titles: Donkey Punch, Splinter and The Signal!
To win, just hit us off with an E-mail Here that includes your Full Name And Mailing Address. We'll take care of the rest!
The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [Rec] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. A heavily armed Swat team and a mysterious government »
- Uncle Creepy
It's another horror/thriller, and it made a nice amount of bank, so of course John Erick Dowdle's "Quarantine" would get green lit for a sequel. Up and coming Swedish actress Mercedes Masöhn is the first person to grab herself a role in new Screen Gems project. Initial filming is already underway in Los Angeles.Unfortunately "Quarantine 2" isn't something you'll be seeing in theaters at all. The new installment will make it's way straight to DVD sometime in the future. The first film is based off the popular 2007 Spanish movie "[Rec]" which is coming out with two more sequels from Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. If you want to check out "[Rec] 2" be sure to check it out with Video On Demand, or you can wait until it's released in limited theaters on July 9th.Source: Bloody Disgusting »
will pick up where last year's [Rec] left off, coming to theaters on July 9 and you know we have to celebrate this brand new horror sequel. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away a poster for this new film signed by directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, and we're also giving away the recent horror DVDs Donkey Punch, Splinter and The Signal. You know these prizes will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.
[Rec] 2 signed poster by directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco PlazaDonkey Punch DVDSplinter DVDThe Signal DVD
to win these amazing DVDs today.
[Rec] 2 The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [Rec] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. A heavily armed Swat »
The eight films hitting DVD and VOD in the coming months—with one also receiving theatrical play—under the Fangoria FrightFest banner (see www.fangoriafrightfest.com for details) represent a cross-section of horror subgenres and countries of origin. And for one of them—Jaume Balagueró’s Fragile—the series represents a long-awaited resurrection. Produced more than five years ago and released across the world in the mid/late 2000s, the movie fell into U.S. limbo due to the financial troubles of the two distributors (MGM and Bauer Martinez Studios) that wound up with the Stateside rights. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Gingold and Calum Waddell)
Released overseas and nearly five (!) years old, Jaume Balagueró's Fragile is finally hitting U.S. shores through Lightning Entertainment. The film was a Fangoria Frightfest acquisition and stars Calista Flockhart as a nurse in a new gig at a rundown children's hospital. There she desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks. Jaume Balagueró co-directed Rec and Rec 2 with Paco Plaza. Alone, he directed Darkness and The Nameless . »
Magnolia Pictures is releasing [Rec] 2 on Video-on-demand today, June 4th. In celebration Magnolia has released several new video clips including "Where's the Girl" shown below. [Rec] 2 will be available on Playstion, X-Box and many more platforms , so have a look at a preview before enjoying the film, with this short clip below.
The synopsis for [Rec] 2 here:
"The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [Rec] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. A heavily armed Swat team and a mysterious government official are sent in to assess and attempt to neutralize the situation. What they find inside lies beyond the scope of medical science—a demonic nightmare of biblical proportions more terrifying than they could have possibly imagined. Above all it must be contained, »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Ross Allen)
[Rec] 2 debuted today on VOD, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Amazon and Vudu. Magnet Releasing is handling the U.S. distribution of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s sequel, which also opens in limited theatrical release July 9. We won’t spoil the new clip for you, but feel we must give notice that young kiddies should not give this one a shot… »
- email@example.com (Allan Dart)
What do you do when you're creeping around dark places and a vicious, blood-caked imp jumps down from the ceiling and threatens to tear your throat wide open? You shoot it in the head. Well, you at least try to. Good Friday, everyone. To close out the week, we're happy to bring you this nasty little exclusive clip from Rec 2 , Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's kinetic sequel to Rec . Magnet Releasing snatched the film up for U.S. distribution and has made it available today on VOD, Xbox Live, Playstation, Amazon and Vudu. It opens in limited theatrical release on June 9. Did I like it? Hell yeah, I did. . »
There are many films that utilize demonic possession as a central theme, but less common are the ones in which entire mobs of demonic undead spring up to storm the streets. Lamberto Bava's Demons and Demons 2 come to mind as suitable examples. The Evil Dead films also fit the bill, as does John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness. There are more, up to and including 2007's [Rec], a film about a deadly viral possession that differs from the many others in its sub-genre in one important way; instead of being the campy fun that is Evil Dead or Demons, [Rec] was intended to scare the crap out of you. For many, it worked, and those who enjoyed [Rec] should get ready as [Rec] 2 is just as effective. »
- Tristan Sinns
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