Wednesday, December 14, 2011
[REC] 3 Trailer Drops A Bag Of Awesome On Your Head
Spanish horror series [REC] earned international praise for the first film's innovative blending of the found footage subgenre with a zombie outbreak within the claustrophobic confines of a quarantined apartment building. Kicking off moments after the first ended, [REC] 2 expanded the mythology of the series by introducing the concept of demonic possession while keeping the scope of the film within the sealed off confines of the building. The two films could be viewed as one long masterpiece.
The new trailer for [REC] 3: Genesis shows the series to stretching its legs a bit, and the awesomeness of the trailer means all other films will be competing for second most anticipated flick of 2012. While the first two films were a collaboration between Juame Balaguero and Paco Plaza, the are handling the next two installments individually with Plaza taking the reigns for Genesis. The friendly competition between the pair could elevate the series even high as each individual tries to outdo the other.
Without saying too much about the contents of the trailer (just watch it yourself, it'll make your freaking day), two thoughts spring to mind:
First-it looks like Plaza will shift the film away from faux documentary into a more traditional narrative. The way it's done looks clever and drew a big chuckle from me by answering the age old "Why the hell are these people still filming when they're two seconds away from becoming zombie chow?" [REC] 2 skirted this issue with the innovative use of the cameras embedded in the task force's helmets. Plaza (wisely) decided going to that well a third time would be one two many.
Second, the shots of a wild-eyed bride, her wedding dress caked in gore as she brandishes a chainsaw brought back memories of Senor Chin and Evil Dead 2. With reports coming from the set of the ED remake that the new film will head in a more somber direction, Plaza may hoist the title of the king of slapstick horror (the ball is in your court Mr. James Gunn).
Look for some sort of release of [REC] 3 in the spring of 2012.