[・REC] (2007 SPAIN) D/W: JAUME BALAGUERO/PACO PLAZA W: LUIS BERDEJO P: JULIO FERNANDEZ
This snappy (75 min.) low-budget horror outing (from the directors of DARKNESS and ROMASANTA) comes from the shaky, amateur POV of a cameraman filming the female host of a tv filler doc. show following a crew of firemen on their nightly rounds. Tedium soon gives way to chaos and terror when they answer a call at an apartment building in which residents infected with something have gone nuts. The health bureau and powers-that-be quarantine them inside. Post-BLAIR WITCH hokum is guilty of being gimmicky and basically being a filmed radio show (complete with "lights out" scene), but redeems itself with genuine scares, particularly in the final reel. Well worth a look for horror fans. Remade in the U.S. as QUARANTINE. And there was a sequel. Not to be confused with a Korean movie from 2000.

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