(2007) is a Spanish horror film following a news reporter, 聲gela Vidal, and her cameraman, Pablo, as they cover the night shift in one of Barcelona's local fire stations for the fictional documentary While You Sleep
. However, the two intrepid reporters get much more than they bargained for when the firehouse receives a call from an apartment building about a woman who is trapped. As they tag along with the rescue effort, 聲gela and Pablo find themselves actually chronicling the discovery and progression of an apparent zombie outbreak in an apartment building, which forces the police and military to seal off the building, trapping everyone inside. Soon they are forced to fight for their lives, as the virus slowly takes over the residents and firemen around them.
In 2008, the first [REC]
was remade in America
. In 2009 a sequel, [REC] 2
, was released. The third film, called [REC] 3: G幯esis
takes place at roughly the same time as the events of the first two films are happening, and the fourth and final film, [REC] 4: Apocalipsis
, has been announced, from the same writers and directors as the first two [REC]
films. [REC] Apocalipsis
will end the saga with the infection spreading to unknown proportions; the film was released in Spain on October 31, 2014. It can also be found on Youtube
Films in this series:
- [REC] (2007)
- [REC] 2 (2009)
- [REC] 3: Genesis (2011)
- [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)
This movie series contains examples of: General
- Apocalyptic Log: All the camera footage. Everyone repeatedly says to keep the film running so there will be a log of what happened.
- Arc Words: "(You/We need to) film everything."
- Body Horror: The Medeiros girl is a shining example.
- Creepy Child: The infected Jennifer and the boy(s) in the attic from the first and second film.
- Demonic Possession: The true nature of the Virus.
- Found Footage Films: Except for the last hour of 3, which is shot traditionally.
- Hate Plague
- Infant Immortality: Very much averted. Not only are several infected young boys lurking in the penthouse attic (with one of them getting his head blown apart in the second film), Jennifer also gets infected and is (presumably) killed off-camera in the second film.
- Jump Scare: Several. Especially notable is Jennifer suddenly biting her mother in the face (especially jarring since it comes out of the blue), followed by her later attacking the policeman.
- Then there's the boy in the attic...
- The scene where Alex suddenly thuds into the floor after falling from several floors. Not even the actors knew that this was going to happen.
- Jennifer's mother. Following her death, her corpse is shown lying on the ground as 聲gela and Manu search the mailboxes... and when Pablo pans back around, she's suddenly standing up...
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A rare pre-story case. The Church was searching for a medical cure for demonic possession. They were able to find the enzyme which caused demonic possession. Unfortunately, it mutated and spread. Now instead of a demon taking over one person, the demon can take over everybody who is infected.
- Noodle People: The Medeiros girl's extensive emaciation and unsettlingly huge jaw invoke this trope in a way that would give The Enigma of Amigara Fault a run for its money.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The films run on this quite a bit, especially the first film. At least, until all hell well and truly breaks loose.
- Not Using the Z Word: The Zombies are never acknowledged as such, even though it's acknowledged the fact that it's a virus.
- The Oner: A few, seeing how this is done in the style of a pseudo-documentary. A good example is the introductory scene, in which 聲gela and the firemen arrive outside, enter the lobby and speak with the tenants, ascend the stairs and talk with the policemen, break the door down and enter the apartment, and meet and get assaulted by the zombified woman.
- Rape as Backstory: It's explained in the tie in comic (REC: Historias Ineditas) that the Medeiros girl was raped by three priests and that's how she became possessed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All of the infected sport red irises.
- Religious Horror: While the infection certainly has a biological aspect, the end of the first movie strongly suggests, while the sequel confirms, that Demonic Possession also has a part in it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Medeiros girl. She can only affect you if you're in total darkness.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Nobody survives the virus.
- Technically Living Zombie
- The Virus: While the doctor character compares the outbreak to rabies and the tape to influenza, the climax suggests the contagion has a supernatural origin.
- Zombie Apocalypse: A non-undead variety. Implied at the end of the second movie, and with the title of the next sequel.
- Apocalyptic Log: The dictation machine found in the penthouse.
- Bald of Awesome: Manu the firefighter, a Boisterous Bruiser who's definitely the most useful character of the first REC movie. He kills more of the infected than anyone else in self-defence, manages to stand on equal authority with the policeman, and helped 聲gela with Pablo get away from the mob with one last strong resistance.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch the fucking camera! 聲gela does not like people trying to mess with it.
- Camera Abuse: The policeman is constantly shoving the camera and telling Pablo to turn it off. At one point, Pablo bashes in an infected's head with the camera. Later, another infected smashes his camera light.
- Camp Gay: Cesar. He's wearing a colorful ascot, jewelry and a pencil-thin mustache. In his short interview, he mentions that he used to live with his mother and now lives alone, makes catty comments about the Asian family, fusses about his appearance, and hits on the cameraman.
- Casting Gag: Manuela Velasco was best known as "that silly Canal+ TV presenter" before this movie.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Mrs. Izquierdo, the old woman whose breakdown after being infected sets the events of the film in motion, is referred as such by other characters. However, we never happen to see any of her pet cats...
- Dead Line News
- Death by Racism: Cesar. The moment he starts making racist comments about the Asian family, you know he isn't going to last long.
- Although, to be fair, he does outlast a lot of people, including the Asian family.
- Definitely Just a Cold: She's not a zombie, she just... has tonsillitis! Really!
- Downer Ending: Everybody either dies or is infected and 聲gela is dragged into the darkness.
- Drop the Hammer: Manu uses a sledgehammer as a weapon against the infected. Medeiros uses a claw hammer as a weapon during the finale and the second film.
- The Faceless: Pablo, given that he's the one behind the camera. Even after he's killed, we only see a bit of his back and shoulder.
- In the second movie we can see him as one of the infected. However, he is portrayed by another actor (a stuntman), since Pablo Rosso now is portraying the officer who handles the main camera.
- Facial Horror: The first cop has extremely nasty and gruesome bite wounds on his face after encountering Mrs. Izquierdo. Alex also sustains some nasty facial damage after plummeting several floors and apparently also taking a bite to the face.
- Downplayed when Jennifer bites her mother in the face. The damage is bloody, but not nearly as gruesome-looking as the above examples.
- Foreshadowing: The sealed-up penthouse is mentioned shortly before everything goes to hell. Later, 聲gela and Pablo find out the apartment was sealed up for a damn good reason.
- Final Girl: 聲gela. Subverted in that she doesn't make it.
- Freak Out: 聲gela has one after fighting with an infected and mistakenly believes that she's been bitten.
- Full-Frontal Assault: The Medeiros girl. Well, she is wearing underpants, but nothing else.
- Heroic BSOD: The younger officer has a brief one after he is forced to gun down Mrs. Izquierdo.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Many see Manu doing this when he chooses to guard the apartment's door alone in the darkness, while Pablo and 聲gela are looking for the building keys inside.
- Hollywood Darkness: Averted: We see the action through a two-man tv crew's camera, when the light goes out, the camera light comes on, but when the camera light bites the dust, it gets very dark.
- A House Divided: Well, an apartment complex. The inhabitants never fully reach this level seeing as how the infection happens so fast people rarely get the chance to argue with one another.
- Idiot Ball / Too Dumb to Live:
- When Cesar gets bitten by an infected scientist. The scientist locked himself away because he knew he was infected. All Cesar had to do was to stay the fuck away from the bars the infected locked himself in. He didn't.
- At one point, they can't remember who lives in which apartment. They all forget that Pablo recorded the roll call earlier, and 聲gela had already consulted the video previously. Possibly justified, given how panicked they are at the time.
- The cop who goes to get Jennifer knows the virus is spread by biting and that people who are infected can become aggressive at any time. And yet he tries to carefully walk up to her with no gloves or protection on to inject her with a tranquilizer.
- Ill Girl: Jennifer. At first it's thought she has tonsillitis, but it quickly becomes clear that she's infected with the virus.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Cesar proves he has this belief during his racist rant about the Japanese family.
- Jerkass: Cesar.
- Jitter Cam: It's a handheld, obviously.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Averted.
- Lost in Translation: Non-Spanish-speaking audiences fail to realize that Cesar, the one neighbour that blames the Japanese family for the crisis, speaks with an Argentinian accent and is in consequence an immigrant himself - which makes him a genuine hypocrite as well as racist. The dubbed version tries to help out by giving him a British accent.
- Madeof Iron: Mrs. Izquierdo is INCREDIBLY sturdy. After she bites the older officer she is punched in the face by the firefighters, yet she gets back up for more, takes five shots to the chest by the younger officer later on and seemingly goes down, yet later on is up and running again, at this point she takes A SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE HEAD by Manu, and apparently she's down for good, but then in the sequel she is up AGAIN and attacks Larra, who manages to fire several rounds from his rifle into her chest. Just when you think she's finally down for good, less than 20 seconds later, she's up again and continuing her assault on Larra. DAMN
- Ms Exposition: 聲gela, explaining everything that we see to the camera.
- Neck Snap: Manu on the Asian man.
- Oh, Crap: 聲gela, when she makes the connection between Jennifer's story of her sick dog, Max, and the health inspector's story about the infected dog who became violent...
- Later, Pablo has one (although being The Faceless, you can only hear it in his voice), when he sees the Medeiros girl.
- Room Full of Crazy: The closest anyone gets to an explanation in the first film is a Room Full Of Crazy covered in newspaper clips about a "Medeiros girl" who seems to have been infected or possessed, a recorder that plays back some ramblings about a virus, an infected hyper-aggressive little boy and, finally, the girl herself that kills the last two survivors.
- Running Gag: "Get everything on tape, Pablo! We have to record everything!"
- Say My Name: "PABLO!"
- Sinister Silhouettes: The very first appearance of Medeiros.
- So Much for Stealth: When 聲gela and Pablo try to evade the Medeiros girl in the dark, of course they give their location away by knocking something over.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: [REC] ends with what can only be described as an over-the-top Spanish rockabilly number.
- Stairwell Chase: Several, as the infected increase in number.
- Undead Child: Mom is in denial to the bitter end:
- The Unreveal:
- The origin of the virus is explained, but the fate of 聲gela is still up in the air. Until [REC]2.
- Pablo's face is never shown.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The young Asian boy and the elderly couple. All three of them are seen fleeing when the infected start breaking down the door that's keeping them contained, but afterwards, they are never seen again, not even among the infected in the sequel.
- Zombie Infectee: Mostly averted. When the young policeman and the health inspector are bitten, the former tells everyone to get out while he stays behind to subdue the infected Jennifer before he turns, and the latter locks himself away.
[REC] 3: G幯esis
- Accidental Murder: As Jose is struggling with an infected, Mire tries to shoot the latter. Given that she's a) scared out of her mind and b) inexperienced with guns, she accidentally shoots Jose in the head.
- Action Girl: 聲gela right at the end of the second movie, right before you discover she is actually possessed by Medeiros.
- Alien Geometries: As confirmed in [REC]2, the penthouse where Medeiros was kept changes in the total absence of light (the characters can only see the changes with night vision). In the original movie, the door that leads to where Medeiros was sealed doesn't appear until the lights are off. In the sequel, further exploration of this room reveals a well from where Medeiros reaches out and drags in the SWAT Chief; when the lights come back on, the well is gone, and there's only a sink in its place.
- Back for the Dead: Jose, a fireman who briefly appears in the introduction of the first movie, comes back in this one. He ends up being accidentally shot by Mire, one of the teenagers. 聲gela could qualify as well, since she is possessed.
- Badass Preacher: Owen.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Larra.
- Boom, Headshot: Owen kills one of the infected children this way. Towards the end, 聲gela does the same to Medeiros. Shame 聲gela was already possessed by this point.
- Downer Ending: Same as above, save for two teenagers who remain trapped inside the apartment building. On top of that, 聲gela is possessed, manages to act normal until the last five minutes and fakes the voice of the last guy she killed so she can be released from the building and infect the whole city of Barcelona at the very least .
- And since '聲gela' gave the order to ''burn down the building'' they are most likely going to be toast...
- According to the tie-in comics, the teens are shot and killed by a squad of police officers who barge into the building, under the impression that they are infected.
- Fan Disservice: Invoked during the ending, when a possessed 聲gela straddles Owen after beating the shit out of him, and mocking him before delivering the final blow.
- Gilligan Cut: When the three teens are about to enter the building through the sewers, Mire nearly leaves and takes her camera with her. She says "I've had it with your stupidities," and when Tito and Ori try coaxing her back, "I said no!" Guess where they are the next time the camera cuts back on.
- How We Got Here: Shortly after the teenagers are spotted by the SWAT team, it cuts to their camera, revealing how they got into the building.
- Idiot Ball: The teenagers... Good Lord, what a bunch of idiots.
- And having the vial of potential demon blood uncorked and too close to the priest when he did a mini exorcism to test a small amount to see if it was possessed, leading to the whole thing going up in flames!
- But the officer wasn't sure what was going to happen. If anything it's the priest's fault for not telling him to take a step back.
- Plus, if you need her blood, and you just blew her head off, why not simply pick up her body?
- 聲gela in the climax. Instead of using those things attached to either side of her torso ( i.e, her arms) she just lies still passively as the Medeiros girl possesses her.
- Improvised Weapon: A bottle rocket. Seen here at around 9:00 (SPOILERS AHOY).
- Jerkass: Tito.
- Jitter Cam: Another handheld for the main shots, but the soldiers also have helmet-mounted cams with somewhat less jitter.
- Kill 'em All: With the exception of two of the teenagers, everybody either dies or is infected/possessed.
- Our Demons Are Different: Possession spreads through biting people via a virus, the original is a long worm-like creature that seemingly lives in the digestive system and can be passed from person to person, and those possessed can accurately mimic voices.Also they fear religious symbols (crosses) and don愒 enter in holy places (churches), and recitations of Bible verses stuns them
- Orifice Invasion: At the end, we see an extension of the ending scene of the first one, showing Medieros vomiting a worm into 聲gela's mouth.
- Serial Escalation: In REC, it took a little while for the infection to take hold. In this film, it seems to take seconds.
- According to Word of God,the amount of time it takes for the infection to set in varies from person to person.
- Stairwell Chase
- Your Mom: The demon, when asked where it [that is, the Medieros girl] is hiding, retorts, "Your mother's cunt!"
[REC] 4: Apocalipsis
- Running Gagged: The moment that the movie goes on a Genre Shift from found footage to regular horror is when Koldo gets fed up with the cameraman not helping and just standing there recording (saying that everything must be recorded in a fashion similar to other characters had said on the previous films), and so wrestles the camera away and smashes it into the ground.
- Seeking Sanctuary: The church on the hotel grounds acts as a Place of Protection.
- Simultaneous Arcs: A television in the background of the CCTV room shows news reporters on scene at the apartment building where REC 1 and 2 took place, establishing both stories taking place at the same time. Some dialogue at the beginning of the film also establishes that Adri嫕's uncle is the veterinarian that was to take care of Jennifer's (from REC 1) infected dog.
- Something Completely Different: This movie differed significantly from the formula associated with the saga so far. At first it seems like it's gonna be a Found Footage Films like the other movies, but at the end of the first act the camera gets smashed and then it jumps to a traditional style of filming. Besides, no main characters from the first two movies appear on the third. Lastly, it has more parodic elements, it is more of a dark comedy than a horror film at times
- Title Drop / Non-Indicative Name: While the subtitle Genesis makes you think it's an Origin Story for the series (as films with those titles regularly do), in this case it is that the passage of The Bible that the priest reads over the PA system to keep the zombies at bay is the Book of Genesis.
- Together in Death: Clara and Koldo at the end.
- Wedding Smashers
- Writing Around Trademarks: The children's entertainer dressed vaguely as SpongeBob SquarePants (he's more a round loofah and has a vest) mentions that he is now known as Sponge John.