ZMMM Dailies: 6/4/2010 – REC 2

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 5 - 2010

If REC 2 proved anything, it’s that co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza were not one-hit wonders. It is awesome. It picks up right where REC leaves off, goes into some far-out, unexpected territory and delivers an experience that’s similar in pace and intensity to the original while retaining a wholly original character.

That being said, zombie purists that were a little uneasy with some elements of REC will be off the bus within twenty minutes. The cause of the zombie plague revealed at the end of REC plays a huge part in the story here. And if you haven’t seen the first, stop here and go watch it. Beyond the jump I’ll be spoiling some elements of the first movie’s story in discussing the second. The rest of you, follow me…

So, demonic possession is the name of the game here, as was revealed in the final moments of REC. It gets a lot of play here (one of the main characters is a priest). The “demonic possession as zombie causative” angle is great and, honestly, I’m somewhat surprise it hasn’t been utilized more often (I know Brian Keene has used the idea and the television show Supernatural has done something similar with the demonic Croatoan virus). It works really well, although, again, zombie purists may find themselves outside of their comfort zone. Go ahead and argue that they aren’t zombies; I disagree, and so do the filmmakers (they have “zombies” in the credits).

REC 2 plays out like the best moments from The Exorcist mashed up with a zombie movie and portrayed like a first-person shooter. The story offers some great twists and turns and clearly sets itself up for the already announced sequel. It feels more “movie” movie than the first, but that’s not really an issue for me. There are some fantastic sequences, a great feeling of dread and claustrophobia and plenty of surprises. An excellent sequel, all told. Can’t wait until it comes out on Blu-ray so I can own it.

Because of an extremely late start, I skipped the short last night. Maybe I will watch two later to make up for it.

7 Responses to “ZMMM Dailies: 6/4/2010 – REC 2

  1. jond76 says:

    I watched this last night too. The lighting was way better than the first and I enjoyed it overall.

    Whats cool is that now we get two separate film series branching from what is essentially the same movie save for one detail (the cause of the outbreak). If nothing else it justifies owning both series without feeling redundant.

  2. So I have to wonder if Bava’s ‘Demons’ is about zombies?

    Really looking forward to seeing this. The first REC was a huge surprise to me – totally blew me away and is one of my favourite horror films from the last ten years.

  3. Jay Clarke says:

    Cool, glad you liked it as much as I did.

  4. Zombie Shakespeare says:

    Is REC 2 shot in the same style as REC and Quarantine, from a character holding a camera? Or did they switch the style up?

  5. @Zombie Shakespeare – It’s shot from helmet cams and a handheld camera. So it’s all first person, but somewhat different from REC. Make sense?

  6. @Too Many Zombies – Never seen Bava’s Demons, but it is considered a zombielike movie by two different reference books I use (the zombie film history The Book of the Dead & Glenn Kay’s Ultimate Zombie Movie Guide reference it).

  7. Zombie Shakespeare says:

    Watched this one last night. I’m not a zombie purist by any means (run, walk, dead, technically still living: I don’t care), but I was a little turned off by the demon direction REC 2 took. It certainly became more of an exorcism movie. What bothers me the most is the inconsistency from the first movie. How come none of the infected talked like demons or imitated little girls in the original? Also, I know you want to build suspense, but shouldn’t zombies have been running all around that place when the the SWAT team first came in the door?

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