I loved the Rec trilogy (it made it to #5 on my first Halloween favourites list). I loved Rec. I loved Rec 2. I even loved Rec 3 which most people thought was a load of old shit. It’s no surprise then, that I was looking forward to Rec 4.
This time instead of an apartment building or a wedding, events take place on board a ship. Angela, the TV reporter from Rec and Rec 2 has been quarantined aboard as a group of scientists attempt to establish the origin and cure for the deadly, demonic virus.
The production values are solid, and the effects are decent as is the acting. Hats off to the film makers for attempting to keep the franchise alive by doing something different with it, but overall it’s not a great addition to the series. There are some good moments, I particularly like the bit with the cook. The on-board tech-bod, Nic, also provided some lighter, fun moments.
It’s a real shame that Rec seems to have gone off the boil when it started so well, that said, I’ll probably carry on watching them as long as they carry on making them. For me, it started to go a bit screwy when they introduced the religious element. I’m not sure it really adds anything, or helps the story along. A plain old virus would be sufficient for me. But…even at their worst these films are still a load better than so much of the horror output that genre fans end up suffering. Hardcore Rec fans are probably the only ones who’re going to enjoy this.
In Spanish with English subtitles.