On the Spot: “[REC]” (2007)

rec1      Spanish horror film intended as a piece of real-life video documentary. This is hardly a novel device, the premise finding previous exploitation most notably in Ruggero Deodato’s notorious 1980 “Cannibal Holocaust” and the Daniel Myrick/Eduardo Sánchez film “The Blair Witch Project”, but never to a more fully realized advantage. Deodato’s film used footage as a framing device being watched by others, which distanced the immediacy of the experience and telegraphed characters fates far too soon, while the blatant amateurishness of “Blair” was not enhanced (though that was the supposed “hook” of the film) by dismal shaky camerawork of characters endlessly waiting for something- anything- to happen. “[REC]” involves the audience in it’s artifice almost immediately, beginning with several retakes of an introduction to an episode of a television documentary series “While You’re Sleeping”, hosted by Ángela Vidal, played by the appealing  Manuela Velsaco. She portrays the young journalist as a perky but dogged archetype that has almost disappeared from contemporary cinema. The segment she is filming with the assistance of her unseen cameraman Pablo (the movie is viewed through his camera lens) follows a firehouse crew on a nighttime shift until she follows two of the men on what appears to be a routine call with a woman locked in an apartment room- then all Hell breaks loose, literally.
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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