There’s not much I enjoy more than a good zombie flick, and there’s not many zombies films better than Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s original Spanish zombie horror REC. What made REC all the more surprising was that it was also a found footage piece, and lets be honest, the number of good found footage films can be counted on a few fingers. In their follow up, REC2 Balaguero and Plaza made a decent effort, but essentially just recycled what they had already done.
Now we come to the third in what is a 4 part series, REC Genesis, this time helmed solely by Balaguero and Paco Plaza. Keeping in them with the previous two films, REC Genesis (which incidentally happens concurrently with the first film in the series are far as timeline goes) begins with a 20 minute intro comprised of found footage, but then goes cinematic for the remainder. Paco also dispenses with the tight claustrophobic feel of the first two for more of a chaotic zombie scarefest, and adds a fair bit of much needed humour, injecting a bit of life into what could have become a stale series.
With REC Genesis, Paco takes us to an event that should be one of the happiest, and turns it on it’s head, creating the mother of all nightmares.
Koldo and Clara are about to get married, it’s their wedding day and we follow them to the church, through their vows and onto the reception. It’s the happiest day of their lives and these two high society families part up at a huge Spanish mansion, unaware that one of their uncles has been infected and all hell is about to let loose.
As the film kicks into high gear, Koldo and Clara are separated, but because true love knows no bounds, they spend the rest of the film trying to find each other, no matter the risks. The highlight comes when Clara, in her sodden and dirty wedding dress finds a chain-saw and decides to take the flight the zombies. Ripping her dress to reveal a nice bit of leg – I mean to make doing round house kicks a we bit easier – Clara brings the chain-saw to life and with the determination of a bride whose wedding day has been gate-crashed, begins to take it back to the un-dead, one blood-splattering corpse at a time.
REC Genesis uses chaos and action, as well as the jump-out-at-you scares to keep the blood pumping as you inch towards the edge of your seat. The humour keeps things entertaining and the oddball way some zombies are dispatched will either have you cringing or cheering, depending on just how mentally stable you are.
All in all, REC Genesis breaths welcome life into the series, and the zombie genre in general, opening up the possibilities for a very creative final REC film.
R16 Violence,offensive language and horror.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read