500 Days Of Film Reviews Spanish Horror, Rec, Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza and Jorge-Yamam Serrano

Television reporter, Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), and her cameraman Pablo (Pablo Rosso) are hoping for some exciting footage while following a squad of firemen on night duty.


Their first call is to rescue an old lady who has become trapped inside her apartment.


However, what starts as a routine job takes a deeply sinister turn. Something evil is spreading throughout the building and there is no way out.

Is It Any Good?

Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, Rec was released in cinemas in 2007 -at the height of the horror genre’s found footage phase. 


Having somehow missed this film following its release, I decided to purchase Rec on DVD. I had heard good things about this movie and the DVD cover only amplified my excitement.


Alongside a number of effusive, five star reviews, the DVD cover proclaims that viewers will “Experience Fear”.  



Rec has a genuinely interesting concept and an innovative set-up. Importantly, the film more than justifies its use of the found footage technique. Meanwhile, Manuela Velasco’s performance is undeniably effective - she is superb at portraying Angela’s growing terror.


Regrettably, however, I did not experience fear while watching Rec. It did not scare or even particularly unsettle me. 


Perhaps my love of horror movies has made me immune. Have I become desensitised? Perhaps Rec would have unnerved me more had I watched on the big screen.


Sadly, while I appreciated the idea its execution, the only thing I felt by the end of Rec was mildly nauseous.

Random Observations

Since its release, Rec, has spawned a series of horror films including Rec 2 (2009), Rec 3: Genesis (2012) and Rec 4: Apocalypse (2014).


Have you seen Rec?


If so, what did you think of this horror movie? Let me know by leaving me a comment in the box below.

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