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Aro Recommended [REC]

 

aka: REC
Spain 2007, 85 minutes
Dir. Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Horror / Walking Dead

 

Aroview: Sinister Spanish horror, from European creepy movie maestro Jaume Balaguero, which follows a callout from a Barcelona fire station to an apartment inhabited by undesirable tenants, all captured from the viewpoint of a video camera used by the makers of a late-night TV show.

Considered by some critics as one of the scariest horrors in recent times, this faux-doco is perhaps too hastily executed to fully exploit the potential for viewer tension, though the latter half, in which the atmosphere shifts from bewildered hysteria to out-and-out terror, is eerily effective at instilling a sense of claustrophobic chaos, drawing up to a petrifying BLAIR WITCH-like climax that's bound to chill more than a few spines.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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