[Rec] (2007, SPA) C-78m. *** D: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza. Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Carlos Vicente. Spanish horror thriller about a TV host and cameraman, who visit a fire station for a midnight TV report, when an emergency brings them to an apartment house, where an old lady has run amuck. It turns out a virus is transforming people into zombies. Filmed with a hand-held camera, from the perspective of the cameraman, film has effective moments, but somehow remains rather pretentious - until the final fifteen minutes, which provide a stunning twist finale. For fans, who will enjoy this Spanish BLAIR WITCH PROJECT variation. Remade as QUARANTINE (2008). Followed by a sequel in 2009.

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