[Rec] (2007)

After teaming up in 2002 for the dramatic music documentary OT: The Movie, Spanish horror specialists Jaume Balagueró (Darkness) and Paco Plaza (Second Name) join forces once again for this experimental frightener about a mysterious… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

A brilliantly staged early scare signals that the safety rails are off and, despite an unexpected, last-minute swerve into the supernatural realm, the edge-of-the-seat tension is sustained to the very last second.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . .this film is a quick way to learn to treasure your peaceful quiet existence.

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Andreas Heinemann

If you're going to a horror movie, it's because you want to be scared senseless. In this regard, they don't come better than [REC].

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Alissa Simon

Lazily scripted, without even a pretense of character development or psychological depth, it offers nothing new for genre fans and no reason for mainstream auds to bite.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

The Spanish horror movie Rec promises, in the first act at least, to be a profoundly disturbing experience.

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Xan Brooks

Midway through, the plot blows a gasket and the camerawork turns altogether crazed, joggling us about in the semi-darkness while the soundtrack rings to distorted screams.

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Fernanda Solórzano
Letras Libres

There wouldn't be much more to say if Spanish cinema didn't demonstrate a continued ability to reinvent the horror genre. REC, in this case, is a bad exception. [Full review in Spanish]

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

[Rec] sets out to terrify and it succeeds nicely.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The film corners you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor with a branding iron and holds you there to the bitter end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Suspenseful, intense, scary, and gory, [Rec] is without a doubt one of the best Horror movies of the past decade, if not of all time. 2007 had not seen a whole… More
Albert Kim
I'm gonna give [Rec] more credit then the american counterpart, "Quarantine". Though they're carbon copies, [Rec]'s acting is far more… More
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Lee ?
I kicked myself for waiting so long to watch this film, when it first came out I was just not in the mood for yet another infection/zombie type movie and with… More
Reid Volk
A fun, inventive, and jumpy found-footage horror film that has it's share of thrills, especially in the final act. The acting for the most part is pretty… More
Greg S
A TV crew follows firemen into an apartment building on a routine rescue call, but soon find themselves trapped inside the building where the residents have… More