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[REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)

[REC] 4: Apocalipsis (original title)
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An ill-fated television reporter is rescued and sent on a voyage across the ocean, but she is followed by the deadly virus that has plagued her and numerous others.


Jaume Balagueró


Jaume Balagueró (screenplay), Manu Díaz (screenplay) (as Manu Díez)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuela Velasco ... Ángela Vidal
Paco Manzanedo ... Guzmán
Héctor Colomé ... Dr. Ricarte
Ismael Fritschi Ismael Fritschi ... Nic
Críspulo Cabezas ... Lucas
Mariano Venancio ... Capitán Ortega
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Invitada Boda (as Mª Alfonsa Rosso)
Carlos Zabala Carlos Zabala ... Goro
Cristian Aquino ... Edwin
Emilio Buale Emilio Buale ... Jesu
Paco Obregón Paco Obregón ... Dr. Ginard
Javier Laorden ... Médico Auxiliar
Ramiro Blas ... Sargento
Ferran Terraza Ferran Terraza ... Manu
Carlos Lasarte ... César


Ángela Vidal, the spunky young television reporter that entered the building in 2007 has exited with the swat team. Little do they know that she carries the seed of the strange demonic infection. She is taken to an oil tanker miles off shore which has been especially equipped for the quarantine... Written by michael mcsween

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Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This is the only installment of the franchise that's not filmed as found footage at all (only the beginning of [REC] 3: Genesis (2012) was filmed as found footage). See more »


The boat motor that is being used as a weapon and also to propel the escape raft has no fuel source. See more »

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References Deep Rising (1998) See more »

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Notable sequel packs tension , shocks , thrills , chills and this time spreading virus throughout the claustrophobic confines of a ship at sea
30 July 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This follow-up packs a sinister and horrifying atmosphere by means of shaky camera as well as the former Spanish films titled Rec 1 , 2 and 3 . Horror story plenty of suspense , restless terror and in thrilling style . The story starts with an elite squad of soldiers attempting to rescue to the young reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) at a Barcelona apartment complex teeming with the victims of a demonic possession virus that has transformed them into vicious killers . After army doctor Guzman (Paco Manzanedo) and soldier Lucas rescue TV reporter Angela Vidal from the apartment building where occurred the viral outbreak and its immediate follow-up occurred , they all find themselves at sea on a ship that's been commandeered as a temporary quarantine . Then the action now takes place miles away from the original location and giving the film an entirely fresh yet disturbing new reality . As Angela Vidal manages to make it out alive , but what the soldiers don't know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection . She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility , a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days . An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides , has been especially equipped for the quarantine . As our starring Television reporter Ángela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker commanded by Capitán Ortega (Mariano Venancio) to be examined by a medical team run by Dr Ricarte (Héctor Colomé) . However, it is unknown whether it is her who is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus whose origin results to be the possessed girl (Tristana Medeiros is the only character to appear in all four films) who started the outbreak . But the infection has contaminated the tanker and events go wrong . Later on , the ship turns into a nightmare when horrific events take place as some of the crew start showing signs of a strange illness . Also aboard is a little-old-lady wedding guest (Maria Alfonso Rosso) who slept through the third film's massacre, and thus was the only person to survive it . As our protagonists find seamen have been possessed by strange demoniac forces . They are brutally attacked by psycho people ; they soon learn that people on the boat have been infected by something unknown .

This fast paced and entertaining fourth entry contains familiar faces behind and in front of the camera and with the ordinary living dead virus . Highly engrossing horror , this exciting movie contains noisy action , thrills , chills and loads of blood and gore . The film was well produced by Julio Fernandez and Castelao Pictures, and co-written by Balaguero and Manu Diez . This is the only installment of the franchise that is not filmed as found footage at all and it took 8 months to film and only 3 to edit . Picking up where the first sequel ended — with a desultory nod to "Rec 3's" underwhelming wedding-party digression — this supposedly final though none-too-conclusive chapter . This sequel to one of the highest earning horror movies of the last years titled ¨Rec¨ is realized in similar premise to original and displays a good cast such as Manuela Velasco , Paco Manzanedo , Mariano Venancio and special mention for recently deceased Héctor Colomé as Dr. Ricarte . And Maria Alfonso Rosso as the elderly woman on the ship is a survivor of the Rec ³: Genesis (2012) wedding massacre , although she believes she is still attending the party . This stirring terror picture displays horrific scenes , drama , action, suspense, and results to be quite entertaining . The frightening as well as scary story begins well and grows more and more until a surprising finale . The horror moments are compactly made and fast moving . The origins of the demonic outbreak are explained in the graphic novel ¨Rec : Untold Stories¨ , released alongside "Génesis" in Europe . In a clever twist that draws together the plots of the first three movies, this fourth part of the saga also works as a decoder to uncover information hidden in the first two films . The movie is a great sequel as well as a parallel story to the events of ¨Rec¨ , as the writers provide a well-knit plot with mystery and horror, giving full rein to Jaume Balaguero natural talent for the terror genre .

Most of the film was shot on an actual oil rig ship , some of the sets had to be recreated from the ship at the studio in order to allow space to film and do stunts . Appropriate cinematography by Pablo Grosso , series's usual , and atmospheric musical score by Arnau Bataller fitted perfectly to action . The flick was nicely produced by the chairman of Filmax and Castelao Productions , Julio Fernandez who along with his brother Carlos Fernandez are two successful producers and experts on Horror genre , producers of hits as ¨The machinist¨ ,¨ Fragiles¨, ¨Darkness¨, and many others . The picture was professionally directed by Jaume Balaguero . Balaguero along with Paco Plaza are the main Spanish filmmakers expert on terror cinema , both of whom have realized the box-office big successes such as these ¨Rec 1¨ , ¨Rec 2¨, stumbling with third entry ¨Rec¨ 3 , but the original is far superior , it did good biz in territories already infected by the earlier fright flicks . It's an entertaining terror and sometimes graphically gory and turns out to be an acceptable attempt to cash in the Zombie sub-genre .

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

31 October 2014 (Spain) See more »

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[REC] 4: Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$708, 4 January 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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