You know how TV reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) was dragged into the darkness at the end of [REC]? If you’ve seen [REC] 2 you’re well aware that was not the end of her story and thankfully, the continuation of it has absolutely nothing to do with the infection’s attack on unsuspecting wedding guests in [REC] 3.
Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded by water on all sides, has been especially equipped for the quarantine.
Thanks to [REC] 3: Genesis, director Jaume Balagueró has quite the hill to climb to get the horror franchise back on top. After earning a following with the first film and then keeping the bar high with the second installment, Balagueró’s [REC] and [REC] 2 co-writer/director, Paco Plaza, took over and basically parodied the series with [REC] 3, ditching the found footage shooting style, dressing one of his leads as a knight in shining armor – literally – and giving the filming an entirely misplaced and misused comedic tone. Yes, I’m still a little bitter.
However, now Balagueró is back and based on this synopsis, he seems to be trying to get the franchise back on track. Filming isn’t set to begin until early next year, so this international teaser trailer is just a highlight reel of footage from [REC] and [REC] 2 with the text “You know it and know the place. It’s time to leave,” at the end. (Thanks to Shock Till You Drop for the translation.) After [REC] 3, leaving the place we know sounds like a terrible idea, but thanks to the synopsis, at least we know we’re leaving with Ángela.
This whole oil tanker scenario may be a bit of a stretch and could wind up just being a new setting for the same old carnage, but hopefully Balagueró learned from Plaza’s mistakes. As long as [REC] 4 feels like a continuation of the first two films, offering some of that good ol’ vicious claustrophobic terror we’ve grown to love while revealing more about the infection, we should be in good shape.
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