UTG’S 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: “REC”

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Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween.

31 Days Of Halloween has been a recurring daily feature that we’ve run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column has been to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ve be watching every film the day it’s been featured and we hope you’ve been following along at home. With October coming to a close and tomorrow being the big day, we hope you’ve enjoyed our recommendations for horror and Halloween themed films!

Day 30: [?REC] (2007)

There are many international horror films that are evidence of the fact that America tends to lack a certain something when it comes to executing a well polished and effective horror effort. Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s [?REC] is certainly one of those films which shows even more so because it spawned the sub-par American remake, Quarantine. Quarantine was essentially a shot-for-shot rework but still somehow managed to lack the effective horror aura that seeped from that of [?REC].

We’ve featured a handful of “found footage” style films in this “31 Days” column and [?REC] is another to add to that list but that should be no reason to deter you from experiencing its intensity and chaos. The film follows a television reporter that films a fictional documentary series called While You’re Asleep. While interviewing firemen at a local fire department, the firehouse receives a call regarding a woman trapped in her apartment which they immediately respond to, bringing the reporter and her film crew along for the ride. Upon arriving at the apartment complex, the situation escalates quickly and the unraveling results are gory, fast and definitely terrifying.

[?REC] went on to spawn two sequels; the second of which flows perfectly from this horror staple. [?REC]3, however, is a mild departure from the original plot but still remains to be wildly entertaining, making the [?REC] franchise one of the most impressive in the horror genre to stay relevant throughout and enjoyable as a whole.

I will tell you that the following trailer doesn’t do the film proper justice so make sure to purchase [?REC] via Amazon or stream it where available to fully enjoy the experience. Also, do yourself a favor and watch the film as intended; in Spanish with subtitles. Don’t disrespect the actors and creators by watching a shitty English dubbed version.

Editorial written by: Brian LionFollow him on Twitter

Brian Leak

Editor-In-Chief. King of forgetting drinks in the freezer. Pop culture pack rat. X-Phile. LOST apologist.
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