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Zombie Horror that’s Spain-fully good!

PUBLISHED: 14:18 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010

SPANISH films are fast getting a reputation in Britain for getting up close and personal with the dark side. The likes of horror fantasy Pan s Labyrinth, has set a precedent for Spain to export a dab of sangre (blood) with their sangria

SPANISH films are fast getting a reputation in Britain for getting up close and personal with the dark side.

The likes of horror fantasy Pan's Labyrinth, has set a precedent for Spain to export a dab of sangre (blood) with their sangria.

So get ready for another dose with REC, directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.

28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project in this realism-style horror about two local journalists whose documentary takes an icky turn.

Bored Angela (Manuela Velasco) and her colleague Pablo (who stays behind the camera throughout) spend a night with the Barcelona fire department hoping for something interesting to happen.

When an apparently routine call-out happens, they think their wish has come true, but it soon becomes clear that they are in the middle of a nightmare.

Trapped in a building with a cluster of face gobbling zombies, their only goals are to survive, and record everything as they try.

We may have seen this style of film before, with shaky camera action and screaming zombies seemingly a staple part of the 21st century horror flick.

However, this one fails to bore, with plenty of shocks that will keep your ticker racing.

And despite ballsy Angela being a little bit too screamy at times (well, you would wouldn't you?) the performances are believable enough to keep the tension at full tilt throughout.

A must-see for horror fans but to be avoided by those easily kept awake at night.

* [.Rec] opens in cinemas on April 11.

KATE MEAD

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