Zombie horror series gets wet on the high seas
Iwanted to continue this adventure and to conclude it,” begins director Jaume Balagueró, speaking to Red Alert at the annual Sitges Film Festival. “After this there are no more [ Rec] movies. We continue the story of the newscaster Ángela Vidal, played by Manuela Velasco, who was last seen possessed by a demon at the end of the second movie. This is her story – although we do not ignore the last [ Rec] sequel either. Everything comes together.”
While [ Rec] 3 abandoned the “found footage” approach of the first two films, and set itself at a wedding, the fourth movie secludes what few franchise survivors remain inside a barren oil tanker. However, once again the story is told traditionally – with the shaky- cam template ditched for jump- scares and splatter- packed special effects…
“That narrative only works if you can keep justifying it,” explains Balagueró. “With the first film it was a young journalist, along with a cameraman, making a live report, in real time. You really believed in the style of the film. In the second film we managed to keep that going but, even then, other movies were emerging that were doing the same thing. So by the third and fourth films we knew it would be too forced. However, there are scenes in this sequel which I think are among the most uncomfortable of all the [ Rec] movies.”
Also typical of the franchise is a strong female protagonist – and the returning Velasco is apt at filling such shoes…
“She has the demon inside her when we meet her in the new film,” states the director. “But she eventually becomes the main character in a very strong way. She is like a superhero in this movie. The apocalypse is fought by a woman – how great is that?”
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