Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
How to do a cinema verite horror movie properly
on October 12, 2016
I don't know why but foreign horror films have beautifully more layers than American ones- our horror films are so tied to specific tropes that even well-acted and well-directed ones seen pretty shallow on the surface. This is a fast-paced European horror film of quality; Manuela Velasco is captivating as the female lead, playing a host of a local TV reality, human interest late night show called While You Are Asleep. On this episode, she and her cameraman are doing a ride-along with a night shift firefighting crew, that is if they even get a call. They do and soon find themselves in a situation they can't cope with. I normally am not a fan of shaky camera footage- as almost everyone who has made found footage films post-the original Blair Witch have ruined the concept and run it into the ground- but [Rec] ties the reason for it into the plot seemlessly. Now. I'm not endorsing the sequels as I've not seen them yet, but if the same people are at the reins I'll take a chance on those, too. Foreign cinema continues to make American movies seem like unoriginal high school productions.