Zombie Movie Review: REC2

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Following on directly from REC; not just by being a sequel but actually following on directly from REC, REC2 covers a small group of armed police who go into the apartment block immediately as the closing credits of the first film would be running under the impression that they are there to check for survivors. However, what with this being a horror movie things are not as they seem.

After meeting up with an appointed government representative the team are filled in on the real purpose of this mission and the group of chaps have to race around the apartment building in the dark from floor-to-floor with their helmet mounted cameras (yes, this is how they keep the handheld camera theme going) in a similar vein to the first film for another 90 minutes trying to get to the bottom of the situation.

However, as much as it may sound, the movie is not really a retread of the first. The is a side stories going on here involving a group of kids breaking into the apartment to see what’s going on which provides a nice change of scenery (well, a change of characters at least – they’re still all stuck in the same apartment as everyone else from this film and the previous). There is also a change with the direction that the zombies take: No longer are they the mysterious infected, this time we know why – and it is an altogether more daemonic situation that we expected.

OK sure, there were hints in the first film as to what was going on, but they were really just there for effect – we had no idea what was really going on in that small apartment block until this movie (and even here it’s not completely answered – we’ll have to wait for the next two films for that).

So, as a movie how well does it do? Well it’s not as scary as the first one – possible because we’ve seen a lot of this already done in the first one, although it does have it’s moments – more so than most zombie films these days. Is it gory? Well again, nowhere near as much as the first. However what about as a story? Well this movie actually has a story, so it beats its predecessor in that respect. (All REC was about was just some woman running up and down stairs being chased for 90 minutes). But is it better than the original? No, probably not, although it’s a darn sight close. REC took a claustrophobic formula, ramped up the action and gave it all a fresh approach. REC2 is very similar, and where it improves over the original is with the story and the characters. However it does all take place in the same setting and probably isn’t different enough to be superior.

Gore Score C
Norks Score F
Originality Score C
Overall Score B+

Zombie Movie Review: SexyKiller

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Trashy, something trashy. That’s what I’m looking for. Zombie films are either too serious or far too ‘comedic’ these days. Where is all that beautiful exploitation of old? Stupid gore, unnecessary nudity, nonsensical plot and daft looking zombies. What more could you possibly want in a movie?

Well annoyingly, SexyKiller doesn’t fulfil many of these requests – and worse – it’s barely even a zombie movie at all. Hell, after about an hour there wasn’t even a hint of even a small possibility of a brief minimal appearance of anything approaching the Undead. If it wasn’t for the fact that the University in the film was called the Jorge Romero Medical School I would have quite possibly turned this off and gone back to my shelf to find something else.

However, what it lacks in zombies it makes up for in ‘homages’ to every other movie under the sun. And by Homage, what I really mean is “let’s make a film with no plot of its own, we’ll just steal scenes and plot devices from any movie we can think of and then the viewer will just appreciate the nods to their favourite films and forget that there is nothing actually interesting or original at all in the movie”.

Some bird (the ‘Sexy Killer’ of the title) is a bit of a psycho murderer. Although rather than being the ‘sexy’ you would think she’s actually a rather odd-looking annoying bint who spends her time chatting into the camera about what she’s doing. This woman kills people for no reason, while complaining about everything all the time. She meets a medical research dude and ‘hillariously’ confuses his business of trainee coroner for that of a serial killer. They then begin a romance, which seems to involve her having sex with him while she wears all her clothes (seriously, why put in sex scenes if you’re going to leave the lass covered up? Who cares about that?)

After all this hugely below-par serial killer aspect is played out the zombies turn up for the last 10 minutes or so. Apparently the coroner and pal have invented a machine which instead of reading the minds of the dead as planned actually brings them back to life as Zombies. These zombies then attack everyone until the films ends shortly after.

Overall it was annoying, uninteresting, mostly ungory unfunny crossover film, and the only nudity was a female changing room right at the beginning (albeit a particularly decent bit of unnecessary nudity).

It is neither a polished slasher pic, nor a decent zombie film. Seriously, just watch the films it steals from instead. Scream, Reanimator and even The Dead Pit (a film which also saved the zombies until the end but still managed to be interesting and creepy all the way through).

Gore Score D
Norks Score B-
Originality Score D
Overall Score D

Zombie Movie Review: [REC]

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Woah. It’s taken me a good few days to get around to writing up my report on this crazy movie, partly due to my own laziness but also because it was so damn scary it’s taken this long to get it out of my system.

REC is a little Spanish zombie movie set almost completely inside an apartment building stairway. A cute little Spanish television presenter and cameraman turn up at around midnight following some Firemen who have been called in. They are investigating some mental old woman who has been growling and stomping around in her apartment freaking out the neighbours. Old people are pretty scary at the best of times, but unfortunately this old woman isn’t just your regular sort of crazy lady, but a chubby rabies infested zombie with a fair amount of pace on her, as we find out when she starts chasing and chewing up the helpful firemen.

Word of this rabid lady must have got out pretty sharpish because when the firemen and other building residents attempt to run out of the building they find they’ve been sealed in by radiation suit clad government agents and have no way of leaving the building.

Surviving in a rather small apartment building (which at my count consists of only about half a dozen residences) with nowhere to run to, while having to avoid the ever increasing number of bitten-turned-zombie residents means that this film just doesn’t let up for a second. Nobody is safe for more than a few minutes as they move from room to room trying to somehow find a way out of this locked down building, each time failing and having to return to where they came from, fighting their way past the zombies they have just managed to avoid. And then gets really scary.

Sure, fumbling with the door keys while the bad guys race up behind you is a pretty cliche horror film staple, but in this situation I actually had my hand in my mouth wishing the survivors could get a break. The same can be said for all the other cliches here, of which there are many. Plus there is no nudity at all which is usually a big fail in my book but I’ll forgive that just this once, and after all the gore is great.

OK, the ending is pretty daft and annoying but it had to end somehow, and it was so creepy right up until the last few seconds that it doesn’t really matter. This is without doubt the scariest film I’ve seen in a long time, which is good because I was beginning to think I was getting desensitised to that sort of thing. It gives me faith that there are still decent scares out there. I just hope the remake ‘Quarantine‘ isn’t the shot-for-shot revamp the trailer seems to suggest. How retarded is that?

Gore Score B
Norks Score F
Originality C
Overall Score A