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[Rec] 2

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[Rec] 2


Sponsored by: Club Saphir / Dark Wave Nights

Montreal Premiere

  • Spain 2009
  • 85 min
  • 35mm
  • Spanish with English subtitles
WINNER: Best Film Editing, Best Make-Up and Hairstyles, Best Sound, Best Special Effects, Best Special/Visual Effects, Gaudi Awards 2010
Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009

Genre

Horror

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"Probably the most effective horror sequel I've seen since 28 WEEKS LATER" — Chris Bumbray, JOBLO

"It's not just scary, it's frightening" — Mike Cameron, DREAD CENTRAL

"HIGHLY recommended, not just to zombie fans, but to all film folks" — QUIET EARTH

Credits

Director: Jaume Balagueró Paco Plaza
Screenplay: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Manu Díez
Cast: Jonathan Mellor, Oscar Sanchez Zafra, Ariel Casas, Manuela Velasco
Producers: Julio Fernández
Print Source: Les Films Séville / Magnolia

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Langliena   

Langliena

World Premiere
Italy
2010 | 7 min
Italian language, English subtitles

Indie

Description

In 2007, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza created [REC]. Equipped with a rarely equaled intensity and mathematical grasp of the horror genre, they transformed a familiar formula into an instant classic. The most stone-cold of moviegoers couldn’t help but feel their knees buckle and vocal chords ache after absorbing this lo-fi docu-fiction. While this Spanish duo didn’t reinvent anything with their confining building filled with hysterical zombies, people wanted more. The bloodied survivors of the havoc at the screening of [REC] at Fantasia 2008 remember, and have been waiting two years for this moment. Ladies and gentlemen, [REC] 2 has arrived.

The story picks up exactly where the first opus left off. Just as journalist Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) gets caught by Niña Medeiros (Javier Botet), a tactical squad of the Barcelona police gets ready to enter to forsaken edifice, quarantined for reasons already known to the audience. With them is Dr. Owens (Jonathan Mellor), sent to retrieve a blood sample of the horrible creature responsible for transforming the building’s occupants into zombies. Until its blood is found, however, they have to contend with those already infected. With no time to lose, they’re heading straight to… the penthouse!

You’d have to be crazy to change the tried-and-true formula set forth by [REC] and risk alienating its hordes of fans. Balagueró and Plaza do not make that mistake, but they do spice things up with a few innovations that renew the joy of cinematic immersion. First, the visuals are expanded through the use of multiple cameras and their judicious interaction. Secondly, the scope of the horror is cranked up a notch by a reversal that is best kept secret—if the idea of being trapped in a building with wild zombies was enough to give you a nasty fright, you’ll need a cardiologist after seeing [REC] 2. One thing’s for sure, Balagueró and Plaza have elevated the art of playing with the nerves and expectations of the audience to new heights. And there’s only one place where such a rollercoaster ride can be appreciated as it should. At Fantasia!

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Guillaume Desbiens)

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