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Release Date:
23 November 2007 (Spain) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Witness. One Camera See more »
Plot:
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
18 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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(227 articles)
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A re-introduction to the term "horror". See more (361 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Manuela Velasco ... Ángela Vidal
Ferran Terraza ... Manu
Jorge-Yamam Serrano ... Policía Joven
Pablo Rosso ... Pablo
David Vert ... Álex
Vicente Gil ... Policía Adulto
Martha Carbonell ... Sra. Izquierdo

Carlos Vicente ... Guillem Marimon
María Teresa Ortega ... Abuela (as Mª Teresa Ortega)
Manuel Bronchud ... Abuelo
Akemi Goto ... Japonesa
Chen Min Kao ... Japonés (as Kao Chen-Min)
Maria Lanau ... Madre histérica
Claudia Silva ... Jennifer
Carlos Lasarte ... César

Javier Botet ... Niña Medeiros
Ben Temple ... Médico
Ana Isabel Velásquez ... Chica colombiana
Daniel Trinh ... Niño Japonés
Marita Borrego ... Operadoras Cuartel Bomberos
Jana Prats ... Operadoras Cuartel Bomberos (as Ana Prats)
Víctor Massagué ... Niño Buhardilla
Javier Coromina ... Pablo (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Lewis ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Pep Sais ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jaume Balagueró 
Paco Plaza 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaume Balagueró 
Luiso Berdejo  (as Luis Berdejo)
Paco Plaza 

Produced by
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Teresa Gefaell .... line producer
Alberto Marini .... co-executive producer
Oriol Maymó .... line producer
 
Cinematography by
Pablo Rosso 
 
Film Editing by
David Gallart 
 
Casting by
Cristina Campos 
 
Art Direction by
Gemma Fauria 
 
Costume Design by
Glòria Viguer 
 
Makeup Department
David Ambit .... special makeup effects artist
Isabel Duque .... special makeup effects artist
Imma Pérez .... hair stylist
Lucía Salanueva .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Laia Farran .... assistant production manager
Teresa Gefaell .... production manager
Oriol Maymó .... production manager
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... post-production manager
Albert Roca .... first assistant production manager
Alberto Álvarez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pepo Alba .... second assistant director
Inés Lugo .... second assistant director
Fernando Sánchez-Izquierdo .... first assistant director (as Fernando Izquierdo)
 
Art Department
Pau Albin .... set dresser
Maruxa Alvar .... set designer
Nuria Muni .... property master
 
Sound Department
Virgilio Martínez .... mixing assistant
Xavier Mas .... sound
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Josep Prieto .... sound recordist
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
Filippo Restelli .... boom operator
Oriol Tarragó .... sound designer
Oriol Tarragó .... supervising sound editor
Edgar Vidal .... foley artist
Edgar Vidal .... sound editor
Kiku Vidal .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Enric Masip .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Àlex Villagrasa .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Froilán Lugilde .... gaffer
Pablo Rosso .... camera operator
Marc Vives .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mónica Ballesta .... assistant costume designer
Fran Cruz .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Quique Cañadas .... colorist
Álex de Molina .... post-production assistant
Martí Roca .... editor: trailer
Marga Villalonga .... digital intermediate coordinator
 
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... head of rights
Vicente Canales .... head of sales
Sofia Escudé .... editor assistant
Lara Isabel Gómez .... making-of cameraman
Sonia Martínez .... production coordinator
Noemi Oliete .... production coordinator
Martin Samper .... making-of director
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Elisa Sirvent .... production coordinator
Manel Vicaria .... press and promotion
Anna Vilà .... script supervisor
Jorge Tuca .... head of development (uncredited)
Albert Val .... development executive (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for bloody horror violence and language
Runtime:
78 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Manuela Velasco really is a TV presenter in her native Spain.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The old man at the start says that their mobile phones, TV etc don't work but when the Pablo and Angela go up to the third floor to get keys the TV is obviously on and working.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ángela:Good evening, this is Angela Vidal speaking. Tonight, as usual, we will share this time...
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Movie Connections:
References Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Vudú (Extended Version)See more »

FAQ

Who is the girl in the penthouse? And who is the boy in the attic of the penthouse?
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213 out of 267 people found the following review useful.
A re-introduction to the term "horror"., 10 April 2008
Author: Luke Bone from United Kingdom

REC is a film that utilises the POV (Point of View) camera technique for the entirety of its duration. It is a technique in which the person behind the camera is a character that is integral to the plot, narrative and story of the film. In brief, REC is a horror film that begins with the crew of a TV show, called While You Sleep, making a documentary about firemen. As the film progresses the crew are lucky enough to accompany the fireman on a call out to a local apartment building.

Undoubtedly and unsurprisingly REC will be measured by the film The Blair Witch Project, especially given its plot and the manner in which the film plays out. Comparatively REC is also a horror, low budget, sticks to a female lead and has an ending that is very similar. Although The Blair Witch Project was a ground breaking film, given its illustrious marketing campaign and widespread fooling of audiences, if the two are to be judged purely on their viewing merits then REC is by far the superior – if anything REC is the film that the Blair Witch should have been. It is the film that I wanted to see when I queued up in the rain, 10 years ago full of hype, anticipation and adolescent excitement.

Despite REC being a better film than The Blair Witch Project some critics have attacked it for employing such a tired technique that has been used too much in recent films (i.e. Cloverfield and the forth coming Diary of The Dead). The method that has been employed in REC is, I believe, a method that is now firmly embedded in the medley of cinematic processes that a film-maker may chose to exert. It seems strange to me that once a new technique is discovered or employed and put to use regularly, people and critics complain – especially when it works. Granted, if we are subjected to a recent flurry of films all using similar methods then yes, it deserves further scrutiny and what usually surfaces is that greedy studios are exploiting market trends.

The film is co-directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza and they have clearly dipped into the bucket of clichés with REC, but in doing so they have created something that is both fresh and reinvigorating. It should be noted that clichés aren't always a bad thing and when put to good use can give the audience exactly what they came to see. It's true that the plot is minimal and there are loose ends, but then the vast majority of horror films often suffer from these traits, and sometimes purposefully, but with REC it doesn't make the film any less enjoyable. It is also evident from the plot and the methods employed that the film is very low budget, but this does not do it any harm, instead it complements the narrative and increases the films appeal.

I believe the true quality of the film lies in its ability to cleverly use the history of the genre and the bare minimal of resources to its maximum potential and, unlike Cloverfield, there's little room to doubt the reasons for the cameraman to continue filming and this is (like Blair Witch) due to the fact it's his job. He is there to film a documentary and in true cameraman style his instincts take over. The acting on show here is also a lot better than Cloverfield and the people all look normal, some are even unattractive.

To put it bluntly REC contains some of the most fear inducing and scariest scenes of recent times. It achieves a level of fear that's rarely experienced in cinema and if watching the film carefully it can be seen how. REC has been made by people that are incredibly familiar with the horror genre and fans will recognise the homage's and the inspirations used, from Evil Dead, to The Shining, to 28 Days later and many more. With such a wealth of horror-viewing-experience combined with inspired film-making they are able to draw upon some of the best moments in horror history.

Towards the final reels the film plays like an amalgamation of ideas and inspirations. One of which is the influence of contemporary video gaming as some scenes allude to how certain computer games work (most notably first person shooters) and this is supported by the POV technique as we, the viewer, live the character of the cameraman much in the same way a gamer lives the character he/she is in control of. This notion is furthered by the different levels in the apartment building, the films use of rooms, the final scenes and several allegories to various computer games including Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark and Silent Hill.

For a feature film it is incredibly short at only 75 minutes, in fact it is closer to the length of a TV documentary which is perhaps its aim. I cannot recommend this film enough and have even tried to construct my review in a way as to not give too much away; as it is a film that needs to seen. Watch it with the lights off, with a friend and in a small room. Enjoy.

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