[Rec] (2007) Poster



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The actors were never given the script in its entirety so none of them knew of their character's fates, sometimes not until the day they were actually filming their scenes. This meant that the actors were - more often than not - stressed, nervous and apprehensive on the day of filming, ideal qualities for the film itself.
Made and shot in real locations. No sets were built to make this movie.
Manuela Velasco really is a TV presenter in her native Spain.
Filmed chronologically.
When it came to casting, the directors deliberately chose actors who were not familiar to help make the piece more realistic, and also actors who were good at improvisation.
The DVD for this film wasn't released in the US until after its remake Quarantine (2008) had been out in theaters and the sequel [Rec] 2 (2009) had been confirmed.
Pablo the camera man isn't seen during the film even though he can been heard and his shadow can be seen.
This was released within six months of the similarly themed The Zombie Diaries (2006) and George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (2007).
The working titles were "Bombers" ("Firemen" in Catalan), "Origen" ("Origin") and "Duración: 70 Minutos" ("Lengh: 70 Minutes").
The directors originally toyed with the idea of having the TV camera crew shadow some policemen. They decided to go with firemen instead as they tend to be more popular and accepted by the general public, especially following 9/11.
Originnally set to be released direct-to-video.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

While filming the scene where the young fireman falls from the stairs, not a single actor knew that was going to happen, so the reactions of the characters were the real reactions of the actors themselves.
The closing passages really were shot in complete darkness, using an infra-red camera. The actors had no idea what was taking place as they couldn't see a thing.
Unfortunately, several of the zombie's detailed make-up can not be closely seen, due to the shaky camera moves. One example is Jorge-Yamam Serrano, who had one ear replaced by a prosthetic after his character got bitten.
The Medeiros Girl creature was named after singer Glenn Medeiros.

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