More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “[REC] 3: Genesis,” the third film in the popular Spanish horror series — not a found footage zombie movie set at a disastrous Phil Collins concert.
Director: Paco Plaza
Cast: Leticia Dolera, Javier Botet, Diego Martin
Official Synopsis: “Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind…”
“Easily the most fun I’ve had in cinemas in months.”
“Plaza has totally abandoned the first two films’ claustrophobia, creepiness, and visceral intensity; for the stand-up-and-cheer ‘[REC] 3: Genesis,’ he’s put together a goofy, balls-out horror-comedy in the vein of Peter Jackson’s ‘Dead Alive.’ And the result is a wild blast.”
“As a true scare story, a la its predecessors, it’s ineffective. As a blackly comedic, astonishingly romantic Grand Guignol, it excels.”
“‘[REC] 3’ may not be the film that fans of the series expect or even want, but taken on its own terms, it is an endearingly frantic film.”
“As part of an ongoing and wholly terrifying universe it’s little more than a bloody disappointment.”
“[REC] 3: Genesis” is now available on VOD. It opens in limited release on September 7th.