Release Date: August 3, 2012 (VOD); September 7th, 2012 (limited theatrical) Studio: Magnet Releasing Director: Paco Plaza Screenwriter: Luiso Berdejo, Paco Plaza Starring: Diego Martin, Leticia Dolera MPAA Rating: R(for strong bloody horror violence and some language)
Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding.
Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding.
Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind…
The European theme park PortAventura is playing host to a horror maze (akin to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights) based on Spain’s REC franchise! How cool is that?
The REC Terror Walk takes visitors on a 15-minute journey through scary recreations of scenes from the first three films.
After the jump, check out video – courtesy of PortAventura TV – which features director Jaume Balaguero and company walking through the experience.
Balaguero is currently at work on the fourth – and reportedly final – chapter in the series, REC 4: Apocalypse.
2012, in horror, has had its ups and downs.
I found that a lot of the titles that I wanted to consider for the list were initially released in 2011. For that matter, three of the titles that did make the list were in the can for some time before finally receiving distribution or US distribution in 2012.
Head inside for my top five horror films of the year!
About six months ago, FEARnet’s Lawrence Raffel and myself put the all-horror podcast we had been collaborating on, called Shock Waves, on hold.
A few factors into its hiatus (we knocked out 18 episodes consistently from July 2011 to January of this year), but nothing ever stays dead in this genre so we both agreed it was time to bring Shock Waves back, especially after the listener feedback asking when it would return.
Here’s the rub. All of our old episodes, from “season 1″ we’ll call them, are gone. Lost to the Internet. Don’t ask me where they went, but they no longer exist, sadly. We’re starting “season 2″ with a clean slate you might say.
In this installment, we’re getting back into the groove of things. We look at various horror movies we’ve liked and disliked in 2012 so far. We also weigh in on the Korean import Deranged, now playing in select theaters.
Brian Collins (from BadAss Digest, Horror Movie a Day) swings by for a discussion about Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, two titles making their Blu-ray debut this month from Anchor Bay Entertainment. How do the sequels featuring the iconic horror villain Michael Myers hold up? Oh, we’ll tell you…
All of this and much more in the Shock Waves relaunch! Listen inside.
“I love gore.”
You don’t hear those words spoken by actresses very often, especially during interviews, but when it comes to Spain’s Leticia Dolera, star of this week’s VOD release REC 3: Genesis, you know you are in good company.
The actress, who appeared in 2009′s Imago Mortis, plays Clara, a new bride whose wedding reception takes a bloody turn when an outbreak – akin to the vicious infection that spread in the first two REC entries – occurs. She’s split from her man and spends the rest of the film running from the possessed undead, wielding a chainsaw and doing a fair share of ass kicking.
We were given a chance to speak with Dolera today via phone to discuss the sequel and discovered she’s not only a genre fan, but a filmmaker in her own right. Read on for our candid discussion.
Available on VOD today and hitting theaters during a limited theatrical run on September 7th…the Spanish import REC 3: Genesis, the anticipated follow-up to the intense REC and REC 2.
In anticipation of this release, we have a fun, exclusive clip to share – you’ll find it after the jump.
The preview within has a bit of bloody action and introduces you to “Royalties,” one of the many interesting characters featured in the sequel which takes place at a wedding reception. If you missed our previous coverage for this title, check out our interview with co-writer Luiso Berdejo here, our review here and our interview with director Paco Plaza here.
The next chapter in the hit Spanish horror series REC breaks the claustrophobic confines of its urban tenement teeming with possessed residents ready to tear your throat out.
REC 3: Genesis – hitting VOD this Thursday from Magnet Releasing – relocates the action and bloodshed to the wedding reception of Koldo and Clara, a young couple happily in love until a vicious outbreak plagues their friends and family. The results are gory and, at times, hilarious. But the setting isn’t the only thing different about this entry and, unlike the previous REC entries, there’s only one man sitting in the director’s chair this time – Paco Plaza.
Plaza had previously helmed Romasanta and the clever holiday treat, A Christmas Tale, one of the “6 Films to Keep You Awake” film series. Of course, he had also co-directed REC and REC 2 with Jaume Balaguero. Shock spoke with Plaza about his sequel, its “rebellious” nature, the Spanish film industry and more.
As with any assessment on a sequel, first comes a preface with brief thoughts on the entries that have come before it. And, I’ll be honest, I have never watched the REC films more than once because I have this thing about playing out films that impact me – I’ll revisit them soon enough. I find them highly entertaining and effective.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the original, an assault on the nerves without..a…doubt. REC 2 further quickened the pulse, heightened the action, offered new perspectives of the unfolding horror and explored the mythology further. We were not dealing with a typical “infected” victim here. The threat in this series worked on a spiritual level. Infection by way of possession, which gave the films a cool Lamberto Bava’s Demons-esque vibe. But the REC movies stood on their own with an inventive take on a particular sub-genre and an aggressive visual approach.
Which brings us to REC 3: Genesis. Paco Plaza is flying solo in the director’s seat this time, sans Jaume Balaguero, his co-director on the previous two entries. And, for the most part, he fares quite well. It’s brisk, bloody and packs some laughs, but it holds no surprises. What it lacks in ingenuity it more than makes up for with some clever writing and characters.