>> REC 2 (2011)

Title: REC 2

Genre: Horror

Starring: Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco

Director: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Runtime: 85 minutes

Release Date: July 12, 2011

Format: DVD

Discs: 1

MPAA Rating: R

Rating: 3.80 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A-

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When is a remake not a remake?

The US remake Quarantine is getting a sequel also, but it won't be following the same story as REC 2.

Perhaps you caught Quarantine in the theater a couple years ago. Maybe you didn’t know it was a remake of Spanish film [REC]. Did you want to know what happened next? The original Spanish film has a sequel, [REC] 2, and it is every bit as good as that which came before.

[REC] told the story of a TV reporter and her cameraman doing a ride-along with a local fire department.  They respond to a call about a woman trapped in her apartment.  There are infected zombie like people and lots of blood and screaming. And a religious angle that the US remake left out.

[REC] 2 begins just minutes after the end of the first film, with a doctor and a team of soldiers entering the building to find original blood samples in order to craft a possible cure.  There is also a group of kids, and a father returning home with medicine for his daughter who make their way into the building.  More blood and more screaming and plenty of scares follow.  In some ways, [REC] 2 is a superior film to the original, but one place is loses ground is in its use of multiple cameras as opposed to [REC]’s single lens.

The DVD release has English subtitles available for the movie and contains deleted and extended scenes, which like most films don’t really add to the movie and were probably better left out.  There is also a behind the scenes featurette, a walkthrough of the set, a press conference from the Sitges Film Festival, and a brief glimpse of the film touring a number of festivals.

All in all, this is an excellent horror film and the two of them, [REC] and [REC] 2, make for a fantastic fright night double feature.

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