Midnight Madness Report: [REC] 4: Apocalypse
On Tuesday, the Midnight Madness crowd feasted on the world premiere of [REC] 4: Apocalypse, which picks up immediately where [REC] 2 left off (sorry, [REC] 3). This time, the Spanish demon-zombie-virus carnage goes down on the high seas, where an outbreak ensues on a rusty ocean liner.
After passing on the tangential [REC] 3: Genesis, writer-director Jaume Balagueró is back at the helm in what he’s calling the last chapter in the franchise. Also returning is TV reporter Angela (Manuela Velasco), who at the beginning of the film is rescued from the first two films’ quarantined apartment building and taken aboard a mysterious boat containing other survivors. The objective is to find a cure, but of course there are ulterior motives at play. It’s not long before an infected monkey is set loose, and things only get messier from there.
Like the previous entry, [REC] 4 does away with the found footage format, but manages to give viewers more than a few gruesome glimpses via security cameras. Similar to the rest of the series is the film’s sense of claustrophobia and unrelenting horror-action. It takes its time getting to the gory stuff, but once the zombie monkey (clearly the highlight of the film) sinks his teeth into some tasty-looking human flesh, the tension doesn’t let up. Like the apartment setting of the first two films, this [REC] makes creepy-good use of the boat’s enclosed corridors, which get soaked with a fair share of blood.
Of course, this being a zombie flick, you’re probably wondering if they came up with any fresh methods for dispatching those nasty things. The answer is a boat propeller.
Check out the trailer—and a brief glimpse of the aforementioned propeller—below: