[●Rec] 3 (2012)

Clara and Koldo will never forget their special wedding day, especially after a deadly contagion transforms their wedding guests into a pack of flesh-eating monsters! [●REC] 3 kicks things off with the same familiar format, using a variety of vantage points that are being filmed from several hand-held devices. As soon as the wedding is crashed, however, there is an immediate shift in style to a more traditional form of filmmaking that comes as quite a shock. This allows series creator Paco Plaza more freedom as he packs tons of black humor and outrageous gore into this blood-soaked sequel. Where [●REC] placed its aims on realistic shocks and terror, [●REC] 3 owes much more to the works of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson when it comes to splatter. Instead of tossing a bouquet, Clara spends her wedding night hacking up guests and lopping off heads with her trusty chainsaw. Leticia Dolera and Diego Martín make an entertaining pair, as both are able to play up the comedy as well as the horror in equal measure. In addition to the subtle ques that are dropped throughout the opening, we also catch background glimpses of news footage that as it is being recorded from the quarantined building across town, intricately linking this to the two previous films. While the jarring difference in tone may surprise fans, [●REC] 3 is entirely enjoyable in its own right, and a welcome addition to the series.

Rating: 8/10.

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  1. I agree with your rating. Might even go higher. This was my favorite film in the series - I loved everything about it. I really don't understand why there's so much hate for it - it was fantastic.