13 Great Horror Films

13 Great Horror Films from 1922 to 2022

My 13 contributions to A Great Horror From Every Year from 1922, first published by BFI, 28 October 2022 Includes capsules of: Nosferatu, The White Reindeer, Carnival of Souls, Onibaba, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Possession, Re-Animator, Cronos, Cure, A Tale of Two Sisters, Rec, Let The Right One In, Berberian Sound Studio  Nosferatu (1922)…

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[Rec]2 (aka Rec 2) (2009)

[Rec]2 first published by Film4 Summary: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza return to direct this nerve-shredding sequel to Rec (and its quickie US remake Quarantine), further documenting the twists and turns of an unfolding demonic apocalypse.   Review: The original Rec (2007), with its terrifying tale of resident evil in a Barcelona apartment building, may have…

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza on REC

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza on REC first published by Little White Lies LWLies interrogates the writers/directors of diabolically tense Spanish ‘reportage’ horror Rec (2007). Anton Bitel: REC seems to tap into the imagery of the 9/11 attacks. Were you merely exploiting a real event for horrifying effect, or were you making a broader comment…

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Rec (aka [Rec]) (2007)

Rec (aka [Rec]) first published by Little White Lies Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and The Blair Witch Project (1999) may have set the ball rolling, but it was the terrors of 11th September, 2001, recorded live by amateurs at the scene, that made reportage the vehicle of choice for today’s horror films, from Diary of the…

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Verónica (2017)

Verónica first published by SciFiNow Not to be confused with Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez-Beltran’s Mexican film of the same name, Verónica is, like its director Paco Plaza’s previous [REC] and [REC] 2, set mostly in a Spanish metropolitan apartment building where something diabolical finds a way in. There, 15-year-old Verónica (Sandra Escacena, in an impressive…

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[Rec]3 Génesis (2012)

[Rec]3 Génesis first published by LWLies [Rec]3 Génesis opens with a cheap DVD menu for “The Marriage of Clara and Koldo”, followed by an extremely cheesy stills slideshow (entitled “A Wonderful Love Story”) tracing the bride- and groom-to-be (played by Diego Martín and Leticia Dolera) from their early childhood to their engagement. We then see the…