(Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco, et al / DVD / R / 2010 (2011) / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Picking up just moments after the events in 2007's '[Rec],' this 2009 sequel to the Spanish contagion chiller fires up the same shaky-cam scare engine that made its predecessor so nerve-rattling, while expanding on a hint of supernatural ambiguity dropped at the tail end of the first picture.
DVD Verdict: OK, for those that don't know and can't take it when it jumps up at them from the off, '[Rec]2' is subtitled! There is nothing worse than putting a movie on and suddenly you know you can't move your head away from the screen for one second should you miss one Spanish-spoken with English subtitled word!
OK, with that out the way, I loved the first '[Rec].' Loved it! And as much as '[Rec]2' takes us through all the same, familiar territory for much of the first half of the film, there are still enough scary elements to make you fly from the edge of your seat!
The film starts five minutes after the last one ended and features (way too much) searching of the residential building that is now infested with an unknown virus. However, there is a religious element to the film that I thought made it more interesting which is ... SPOILER ALERT ... the contamination is actual a demonic spirit that has taken over each resident and is still housed there; trapped.
Chock full of religious prophecies and Churchly preachings on the subject of exorcisims, the film is also an action movie at its heart. A very well done, if I may say so. After the religious undertones are established, the plot wanders on about how to find the young girl that carries the demon spawn. In one memorable scene a character confronts a young girl in a hallway - only to have her hurtle at him, around the walls and bear blooded teeth like she was gonna eat him for lunch; quick fast!
Another great scene is when they kill a resident by putting a firework down her throat and watching her bounce off apartment walls until it explodes in her mouth! And, the creepiest one is when they are using nightvision down in the secret room, and just before a major death scene, the skinny young girl is found - but not all is what it seems!
And so, luckily for all us fans of horror, the product ie: '[Rec]2' has evolved into something completely different in its own right - while maintaining just enough balance for things to remain interesting and within some sense of believability. And we get to see an old fav from the first film reappear here once again! In the special features one of the directors/producers is asked if there will be a '3' and he quickly answers that they should just be happy to watch '2' first! This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Behind the Scene Featurettes
- A Walkthrough of the Set
- [REC] 2 on Tour
- Sitges Film Festival Press Conference