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[Rec]

2007
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 18m
A bubbly, ambitious TV journalist reports on the seemingly dull sedentary life of an urban fire station and a call to help a strange old lady locked in her apartment hardly seems worthy covering... (imdb)
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[Rec]

2007
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 18m
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Avg Percentile 58.87% from 3958 total ratings

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Rated 17 May 2008
80
56th
Holy nightmares, thank god I didn't see this late at night. Grating characters, plenty of dumbass dialogue, but jesus, this thing is scary. And claustrophobic. That final stand in the dark is very, very uncomfortable to watch. Great job.
Rated 17 May 2008
75
88th
Scary. Effective. Scary.
Rated 10 Dec 2011
25
9th
I don't understand the hype, and will go as far as to say that if this movie was in English people would have far harsher opinions of it. The concept is old and unoriginal and the shakycam is the worst I've ever seen; I thought it was going to give me a frickin' epileptic fit. It's simply unpleasant to watch. I held out until the end in the hope of a clever twist ending (my hope was a candid camera style practical joke by the TV company), but alas not.
Rated 12 May 2016
70
70th
Though I am rarely impressed with low budget horror films, this was surprisingly rewarding. Manuela Velasco is gorgeous & was excellent. The ending was creepy & better than expected. Infection occurred too quickly, there was a bit too much chaos, a few lines were repeated too many times & there was too much shaky camera. But, I was impressed with the amount of tension they were able to create & Manuela sold it well. I went into this not expecting much but was surprised to enjoy it.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
30
17th
Annoying actors who curse the whole time, awful camera work and a extremely boring story and setting. Only some parts of the ending were thrilling.
Rated 25 Feb 2014
69
54th
Reasonably effective shaky cam docu-horror. Perhaps gets a bit hysterical for a legitimate attempt at real-life, and the exposition at the end felt a bit rushed and tacked-on. That said, though, it was entertaining, and even the cheap jump scares worked well. The taught running time works to its benefit, and the small cast is decent. The cameraman must have been hard as nails; I'd have been sobbing in the corner, getting eaten...
Rated 27 Jan 2010
90
88th
Kicks the crap out of almost any other horror movies released this decade. Masterfully paced, this film ratchets up the tension from beginning to end. It leaves you feeling drained afterward, in a good way though.
Rated 28 May 2022
85
94th
Une bien belle surprise, film d'horreur extrêmement tendu et réaliste, jusqu'au final qui fait monter la tension à son paroxysme !
Rated 04 May 2018
55
21st
Just not much substance here. It's kind of creepy, but really consists of a lot of darkness and a few jump scares, characters who resist making a single good defensive decision, and filmwork by the worst fictional cameraman ever hired (even before things got hectic). I guess "found-footage" just isn't for me. Also, in these "aggression virus" premises, why do the hyper-aggressive individuals never attack each other? They always kinda chill out with their homies until they sense the uninfected.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
85
87th
Definitely worth watching if you are a horror fan that can stand shaky-cam style of film making. A claustrophobic zombie-like movie that takes you for an action packed ride and leads to a terrifying last 20 minutes. My main complaint was their finding out of the back story to why and how this situation was happening. It felt like they got too much information from the two sources and was basically a spoon-feeding to the viewer. Leaving it open to debate would have only made it better.
Rated 13 May 2008
81
78th
It's surprisingly effective given that it really boils down to a lot "screaming people jumping out of dark places" scares. If shaky-cam ruined Cloverfield or the Bournes for you, don't even bother with this, as it gave me problems here and I've never minded it before. The final act throws a lot of strange information at you that kind of clogs up the story, but when the shit hits the fan, the intensity here is unmatched. Strong action, and a very scary experience. Great horror on a small budget.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
70
56th
Pretty intense little horror film shot in the "hand held cam" style as part of the plot. There is some decent acting in the movie with a few wicked little twists thrown in. The best thing about REC is that it not only maintains the tense atmosphere throughout but it gradually gets creepier as it moves along. The only flaws here are not so much technical as much as plot holes and a reliance on religion to explain too much of the supernatural elements.
Rated 30 May 2009
90
97th
75 minutes of awesomeness.
Rated 02 Apr 2008
79
84th
Despite a slew of plot holes this is a fresh entry into the zombie genre and gets capped off with one of the most intense third acts I've seen in a recent horror flick.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
90
88th
"A shock-a-minute mini-masterpiece of sound design, tricky jolts, and wonderfully distressing tension."
Rated 15 Dec 2011
45
4th
This film had unlikable characters, a bad script and it was not scary. There is a number of scenes in the film were it is dark and you can't see what is going on, this is supposed to make it scarier but I just found it annoying.
Rated 30 May 2008
87
79th
Easily the pinnacle of "found footage" horror films. Some great scares in here.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
73
67th
Much better than any other first-person film I've seen before. The tension really builds up until at the end it really is impossible to sit comfortably in your couch. This film was **really** scary. Even though it was still totally unrealistic, it "felt" more realistic to me than other zombie-like movies. I think it's because it's completely filmed in a normal apartment building so many people live in. It feels like it could be *your* house it's being filmed in.
Rated 10 Apr 2008
75
62nd
The ending's a bit abrupt but the last ten minutes or so leading up to it are scary as hell and the whole documentary angle works surprisingly well.
Rated 28 Oct 2010
70
67th
A tightly stuctured and effective little zombie movie and in the horror-mockomentary "found footage" subgenre one of least annoyingly executed, probably because the cameraman is largely anonymous unlike Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield.
Rated 30 Sep 2009
85
68th
Above average zombie flick that really shows how to do the camcorder gimmick right. Lots of scares, lots of gore and lots of fun.
Rated 11 Mar 2012
50
47th
[REC] is a funny movie, but it's not supposed to be. It contains characters I didn't care about, is shot in a way that actually hinders its jump scares, and its hysterics lightened the mood too much for it to be effective as a horror film. The actors are all fine, and it has a few moments that will make you jump, but there's no sense of dread and the explanation tacked-on at the end was unnecessary. I can't recommend [REC], although I know a lot of people will disagree with me about that.
Rated 01 Nov 2017
80
62nd
I thought this movie took the found footage subgenre of horror movies and put a pretty compelling story to that format. I don't know any Spanish actors so they all seemed to be pretty amateur to me. The cast of characters stuck in the apartment were interesting. I especially liked the vain guy who looked like a broke Salvadore Dali. The story had twists and turns and I thought it wrapped up in a very interesting way that I didn't really see coming.
Rated 13 Jul 2008
80
85th
I have to admit that for some reason I love movies that are done in this particular shaky-cam -style. There are people who hate it, but I like it. [Rec] is one of the scariest movies I ever remember seeing.
Rated 28 Mar 2019
7
57th
(2nd viewing) 12 years ago, this was the scariest movie experience I've ever sat through, so either this didn't age very well, or I've become immune to horror flicks. Since the film still holds up well, I'll go with the latter.
Rated 27 Sep 2010
85
81st
Small, obviously low-budgeted horror film that's quite claustrophobic. Has some genuine terrrifying "cat-out-the-closet" moments that are brilliant and uses the diagetic camera really well for this. And the last 15 minutes are gloriously fucked up.
Rated 31 Jan 2010
70
26th
I have to admit this is pretty well done, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere and some serious tension. It devolves into a bunch of hysterical screaming, though, and that just isn't something I want to watch. Even if the panic is justified I'd rather watch characters who at least try to be resourceful and keep it together. Outside of that the acting was pretty decent and the movie as a whole had some merit.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
90
75th
Fuck that ending scene scared me.
Rated 20 Oct 2008
70
51st
An standard, solid zombie flick vastly elevated by its original screenwriting concept and visual style.
Rated 21 Sep 2011
69
84th
The best use of the 'found footage' technique I've seen, blowing away Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity. Although those are occasionally scary, this brings another level of creepiness and claustrophobia that those lacked, along with a much stronger ending. My only complaint is that Angela's hysterics get to be a bit much after a while. I would have preferred to spend the last third with a stronger character (see Night of the Living Dead)
Rated 24 Jul 2010
0
0th
handycam horror is the worst thing. props to the makeup people but seriously... can we stop making these movies already?
Rated 18 Feb 2015
79
67th
Lots of screaming/ angry Spaniards here. The handheld nature of the film did lend to the consistent pacing of the film. The young host helped sum up the situation every now and then & drive the camera toward the action which worked fairly organically, which is more than you can say for most FF offerings. The 1st person perspective brought a game element to [Rec] with most of the film feeling like a more & more desperate survival story & the end like L4D where the witch wakes up & well, you know.
Rated 05 Dec 2010
75
64th
Great genre-pic both zombie- and handheldmovie-wise. Better than Paranormal Activity which I actually liked too, more scary than Cloverfield, but the "found-tape"-thing still doesn't have the same effect as when watching Blair Witch the first time. What I especially liked about the movie was the way it gradually took away certain elements in "moviemaking" right at the end - starting with removing the general light and later the camera flashlight, so that only the nightvision remained. Awesome!
Rated 11 May 2008
90
82nd
Scary, tense movie, highly recommended. My only complaint is that the final scenes present you with really unnecessary, convoluted information.
Rated 11 Oct 2009
95
98th
Awesome! Don't let the slow start fool you; this film will have you on the edge of your seat by the end!
Rated 30 Nov 2008
77
81st
This one really kicked ass and every other body part which is to be kicked, but still, i was quite pissed off with the ending.
Rated 16 Nov 2009
70
68th
Begins by introducing itself as yet another found footage gimmick and ends with the de rigeur nihilistic-smash-cut-to-black-zombie-movie-ending (complete with utterly dire metal song), but in between is a reasonably compelling horror show that breaks no new ground yet manages to sustain interest throughout.
Rated 07 Mar 2013
79
78th
highly recommended. there is somethings special make this film more effective than the ordinary hollywood horror films. i wanted to turn it off one time as i watch it, because it made me very uncomfartable. Great Job from Spain.
Rated 20 Apr 2009
100
90th
Its 28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project, which in the end is one hell of a ride with some truly terrifying moments, and my only *handsinfrontoffacepeepingthroughfingers* moment ever.
Rated 15 Apr 2020
10
7th
becomes 100% shaky cam in the dark to cover up bad staging, bad acting, DNF. it is so obviously bad that I went on to ignore about 30 criticker users who liked it.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
60
30th
I actually think the remake improved things. Controversial I know.
Rated 20 Jul 2010
78
65th
One fantastic horror film. Yes, it's true that I do have a penchant for subjective filmmaking to such extremes. But its a tried and true method mixed with an original, workable concept. The characters have no backstory, but who cares? How really can they in this scenario. What matters is that the film is scary as hell. The film delivers plenty of both startling and disturbing moments and nearly any of them are cheap or obligatory. I really kind of want to watch it again.
Rated 11 Jan 2010
88
93rd
On one hand Quarantine felt better all throughout, on the other hand the girl zombie in the end is one of the most disturbing things I've seen in a zombie movie in a long time. Though Quarantine is essentially almost the same film, both are equally good for different reasons.
Rated 03 Feb 2014
70
69th
as good as it gets in terms of once again ripping off the homevideo stylistic device. most of the time you wish that stupid reporter slut would just shut the fuck up, take out her boobs and let some fireman squeeze them. but that may just be me. also, as is custom with these movies, the camera guy has stage 3 parkinson's. but it's not all ineffective and there were some decent, even tense moments.
Rated 01 Jan 2010
90
82nd
Simple, straight-forward scary movie populated by actors who look like real people and who play (on the whole) understated and realistically. Truly pulls you in and well worth watching.
Rated 10 May 2011
80
91st
[Rec] isn't wholly original. It fits into two or three familiar categories of horror, but it does take a while to pick up on all of them because the premise is so much fresher, the level of realism so much higher and the acting so much better than usual. An old tape recorder near the end reveals too much information too conveniently, but for the most part the film is short and sweet and balances mystery, suspense and horror very well. Genuinely scary.
Rated 28 Jul 2010
90
73rd
This Spanish horror film achieves what most American films try to and fail: to be actually scary
Rated 24 Jan 2009
75
68th
This is very well the most terrifying experience I've ever had. ... Saw it in broad daylight and I was still hiding under a blanket. But even besides its power to make you shit your pants it's still worth appreciating on its cinematic values. ... The sometimes very long takes, the sound, and the claustrophobic ending. DAMN!
Rated 26 Sep 2010
55
35th
Hailed by zombie fans as being the next big thing. I found it rather annoying. Like a child trying to get your attention by being really loud and doing stupid things. This might in part be because of the extremely annoying TV journalist. Bad acting, and loads of it.
Rated 01 Apr 2012
50
6th
Documentary style horror film. The novelty of the idea wears off pretty soon and it becomes just another tedious bore.
Rated 26 Oct 2008
85
92nd
Suspenseful and believable, [REC] should be an enjoyable movie for anybody who's a fan of the personally-recorded type shooting.
Rated 03 May 2008
99
95th
Im giving this film 99 not because its a great film-film but because its probebly the horror film that has scared me most as an adult and Im not easily scared. The dirty brutality and feeling of hopelesness of 28 days later combined with the handmade style and paranoia of the Blair witch project makes this the ultimate terror.
Rated 31 Oct 2012
30
62nd
Although some elements feel a tad too conventional, it's a very gripping film that skillfully combines elements from various horror sub-genres.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
70
43rd
goede film. nadeel het is spaansgesproken
Rated 27 Oct 2011
70
49th
Somewhat underwhelming in the fright department except for the final fifteen minutes. That thing at the end was pure nightmare fuel. Before that it tends to hit its scare beats with too much predictability. For a found footage horror film, it's probably the least satisfying I've seen, but the technique always tends to have little moments of greatness. The night vision stuff remains as dreadfully terrifying as it did twenty years ago in Silence of the Lambs.
Rated 03 Mar 2015
60
29th
The ingrediends are recycled down to the final, cringe-worthy 'satanic' twist, as is the main technique, but there's no denying the depressing chills of "[Rec]", one of the best of "Blair Witch"-inspired shaky-cam horrors. It's exactly the punch in the stomach it promises to be.
Rated 06 Aug 2010
100
90th
AWESOME horror film.
Rated 30 Aug 2013
95
73rd
Screw the American remake. Like 'Let The Right One In', foreign horror comes to save us from the bland applesauce we churn out. The whole 'POV-camera' that was used in Blair Witch and Cloverfield might turn some away from this, but the story, the creatures, the actual scary parts are what make this so genuine. The acting makes it a lot more believable and spooky than it should and left me feeling very satisfied (albeit a little jumpy) with what I just saw.
Rated 22 Jun 2008
45
23rd
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Rated 10 Jul 2008
95
60th
Like 28 days later, but trapped in a building. Filmed POV. Creepy!
Rated 17 Dec 2008
6
54th
The documentary angle is corny and often times unbelievable and the dialogue isn't much better, but for the most part, [Rec] is entertaining.
Rated 21 Sep 2008
90
95th
Back when I saw this for the first time, I actually got a little scared even though it was the middle of the afternoon. Not many movies succeed in scaring me, so kudos.
Rated 23 Aug 2008
80
69th
It's a really fun movie, but not nearly as scary as people make it out to be. In fact, I didn't find it scary at all. It has its creepy moments, though, and it does get intense in parts. This is close to what the Resident Evil films should've been.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
75
79th
Really scary at the end, and before that it's better than any of the other "hand-held horrors" out there.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
87
95th
I would argue it's the best horror film of the 2000's. Makes excellent use of the found footage format and rachets up the tension until the nightmarish final ten minutes, which may well be the most terrifying scene ever made.
Rated 25 Jun 2008
55
40th
Beginning of the movie is pretty dull and you're waiting for the action to start. Problem is that when shit hits the fan people just start acting like idiots and run around screaming in the dark. Not my cup of tea. At some parts tension is build up really well, like in the last scene, but they manage to fuck it up with some cheap scares.
Rated 09 Oct 2014
20
12th
Some basic elements of a good horror film, unfortunately squandered on a bad plot and even worse characters.
Rated 23 Jul 2021
100
97th
Simply excellent. Everything done right and quite scary/nerve wracking. It's very obvious why US made a remake of it. Must watch.
Rated 15 Sep 2008
80
83rd
Intense, chaotic and frenetic (though relying largely on jump-scares)
Rated 12 Aug 2008
20
15th
Seen it without subtitles. :/ Not a big fan of zombie movies (too much headless running around). Neither the hand-hold cam flicks (concept looks like pretty cheap). Except Lars von Trier's, The Kingdom (et. al.)!
Rated 07 Aug 2016
25
24th
Very bad shit.
Rated 22 Sep 2016
75
68th
Who the hell did get in that house and took that camera so that we can watch those records? :)
Rated 14 Dec 2015
90
88th
I never get scared from horror movies. This movie scared the hell out of me.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
99
92nd
Scary as hell!
Rated 02 Mar 2009
88
62nd
Probably not as terrifying as the teasers made you think, REC is still absolutely effective and at times very funny. Even though the all-seeing video camera gimmick is starting to feel tired, the characters are believable and the whole scary proposition is staged rather beautifully. This pretty much works just like a rollercoaster ride, fun and scary but just when you're really enjoying it, it's over all too soon. Still, the final scene is a devilish jewel of an exercise in tension. Good stuff.
Rated 09 Jun 2008
51
26th
Pretty well done, and very capturing up to a certain point. And then, the cenario and the scenes look like déjà vu. Also, the continuous shoulder-worn camera can easily make seasick.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
85
80th
Very fucking scary. That's a enough for a review but since I'm long winded I'll add more. The atmosphere is brilliant, the acting is fantastic, it's got tons of scares and while the idea of it is pretty standard, the things I mentioned really elevate this beyond a typical zombie movie.
Rated 21 Dec 2008
9
94th
Outstanding.
Rated 07 May 2009
39
27th
Very good (scary) for a horror movie, but I don't like scary horror movies.
Rated 23 Jun 2012
83
66th
An excellent Zombie film. This movie is about a bubbly TV journalist who is sent to cover a story about the life of a firefighter. They get sent out on a call and get trapped in an apartment with a Zombie outbreak. I felt like some of the acting was really bad and some of it was really good. I didn't want to read the movie (spoken word is in Spanish) so I watched it dubbed, which added some hilarity. The scary moments in this are TERRIFYING though. So scary and great in the end!
Rated 18 Nov 2008
80
71st
Scared the shit out of me! The first person view is like in Cloverfield.
Rated 04 Dec 2011
90
79th
Each character was a realistic recomposition of regular people-- some stereotypes, some not. The horror was great because it showed up, as was gorey, but not to the extent where you have to look away in utter disgust. It was done tastefully for the style of movie. The mosters are scariest because you can see them really coming to a fruition. The plot was magnificant! Each scene brought new terrors, new questions, new deaths, and more questions. The writing, direction and costumes were all
Rated 29 Apr 2009
2
40th
Sure, it makes you jump in your seat a couple of times, but I couldn't care less for the characters.
Rated 08 Oct 2009
79
62nd
Pretty involving, and genuinely scary at times.
Rated 05 Jul 2012
86
97th
supremely well done first person horror film. I slightly enjoyed the remake better only because I thought that the female lead in the original just didn't sell her fear as well as the one in the remake.
Rated 31 Oct 2010
77
81st
OMG! Pure terror! I'm shocked!
Rated 18 Dec 2009
75
77th
Much better than any other first-person film I've seen before. The tension really builds up until at the end it really is impossible to sit comfortably in your couch. This film was **really** scary. Even though it was still totally unrealistic, it felt more realistic to me than other zombie-like movies. I think it's because it's completely filmed in a normal apartment building so many people live in. It feels like it could be *your* house it's being filmed in.
Rated 17 Dec 2009
76
57th
essentially exactly the same as it's remake (quarantine), i do appreciate the sets a bit more this time. the problem with this movie is that it should have started with that creepy as hell creature in the end, then this could have been scary. the shaky cam in this is more tame, which only makes it more enjoyable.
Rated 20 Jun 2010
74
33rd
Silly but fun. The plucky heroine's charisma keeps the film alive, but the perpetual cameraman POV begins to grate after a while. Even though the various camera-related tricks feel like a cheap device, it's hard to deny the tension of the climactic scenes, being stalked in pitch black by rabid zombies.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
85
80th
8/9/9 - A fun, original and genuinely scary addition to the undead canon. The one-camera setting is really well used with all the possibilities taken advantage of while remaining ungimmicky. The pacing is good and suspense and belief are maintained throughout. The only problem is that its hard to care about the characters - another 20 minutes or so, split between the fire station and the building before the attacks would go well. And the music over the end credits is awful.
Rated 29 Jul 2012
80
73rd
The found-footage element of the movie feels very forced and doesn't actually draw you into the story all that much, but everything else is great.
Rated 16 Dec 2010
80
69th
Well done overall. For a film that is relying on jump scares, it manages to feel like more than that when you watch it. Not quite reaching the level of, but reminiscent of the greats like Alien and the like.
Rated 15 Feb 2013
82
68th
Refreshing to see a zombie-type movie that isn't complete bullshit.
Rated 13 Oct 2011
85
71st
I hate horror movies, but this one is very well constructed. I like it, althought the scary parts.
Rated 22 Jul 2008
80
89th
Fuck dawn of the dead and 28 days, this is now my number one zombie movie. One of the most intense and creepy movies I've ever seen. But if you don't like shaky POV style movies like the Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield, then don't bother watching this movie.
Rated 22 May 2016
10
92nd
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Rated 19 Jan 2009
63
58th
masterfully directed, with exceptional acting. the first "casual" part seems almost like a slice out of reality. the dialogues are clever and natural, up until the "eat-your-brains" phase. this is definetely not your run off the mill undead movie.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
99
95th
There are loads of moments that make you jump and unlike most films where it's really predictable they seem to know the right moments to catch you off guard. And like I said that final scene is just. AAARRRRGGGGGGGGHHHH Go watch it now. If you dare
Rated 29 Mar 2011
68
25th
Kind of like a smaller-scale Cloverfield. I don't think it was that effective in terms of horror because I never felt that scared. I don't think I need to watch any more of this type of movie, I think it's been played out.
Rated 19 Dec 2009
78
69th
Highly recommended if you're looking for a quick thrill, but I personally found Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity (shot in the same style) to be scarier. It may be because I find supernatural concepts like demons creepier, but it probably has more to do with the fact that [REC]'s biggest scares come from jump scares. A haunting sense of dread did not follow me for days like with the other films. (I'm still a pussy).

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