Watched a couple living dead style flicks the past couple weeks that were actually pretty good. I watched REC2 which is the sequel to REC. Both are Spanish movies and all the dialogue is in Spanish so if you have problems reading subtitles they are not for you.
REC was also remade in English starring the woman who played Dexter’s sister. The English version is called Quarantine, which was also a decent horror flick. To sum it up there is, in an apartment building, some sort of outbreak which makes people become deranged killers. The building is sealed up by whomever the CDC is in Spain and the entire movie takes place inside the building.
Long story short there is a bunch of bloody violence and other stuff. REC is filmed in shaking camera style and most of the movie takes place through the lens of a news camera which is trapped inside the building. REC was a pretty good flick. Not a lot of huge plot holes or “WTF are they doing” moments. The origin of the infection is linked to some religious wack job in the attic. Nothing is really explained but it’s kind of better that way. It just seems ominously related to religion, possibly human experiments.
Well REC2 picks up right where REC left off and is shot mainly through the helmet cams of various SWAT team people who enter the building. They find more about the origin of the outbreak and the movie takes more of a super natural twist. I didn’t really like that but the movie is still well done and much better then the average horror flicks out there.
The second movie I watched is Pontypool, it does not involve zombies but sort of a mass insanity. It is a very psychological thriller, almost all action takes place off screen, while the main characters hide in a radio studio. It’s the kind of move were you will most likely either love or hate. The acting is really good, which is essential with such a tight psychological thriller where the fright comes from the actors, not the action. This could have easily been the worst movie of the year with bad acting…it’s an actors’ movie for sure.
In Ponypool, the zombie-like madness and mass insanity spreads in a very unusual and complex way, so this is kind of like a mass hysteria movie for cerebral types.