Aside from “The Blair Witch Project,” no film did found footage horror better than Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s terrifying “[REC],” which used a claustrophobic situation (a quarantined apartment complex) and a smart gimmick (after hours news report gone wrong) to heighten the terror. A pair of sequels, the first solid, the second less so, followed, and now the series comes to its conclusion with the ominously titled “[REC] 4: Apocalypse.”
The trailer shows the return of Angela Vidal (Manuela Valesco), the plucky reporter protagonist of the first film and ensemble player of the second. Having survived the events of the previous films, Angela is brought to a quarantined oil tanker, but the soldiers on board don’t know that she carries a strange infection.
The film was directed by Balaguero, who ceded the previous installment to Plaza, and it seems to have abandoned the found footage format of the first two films (the third dropped the conceit early on). It’s hard to say whether or not the premise can stay fresh for another film, or whether the slicker look will fit the series. But Balaguero’s a talented director, the setting is appropriately claustrophobic, and the trailer is solid, so we’ll give it a shot. The film has no U.S. release date yet, but it hits overseas in the fall, so it shouldn’t take too long.