I’m currently catching up on horror sequels that I’ve missed over the last few years. After the brilliant Dead Snow 2 last night, it’s the turn of REC 4 tonight!
The original REC blew me away when it first came out. The nerve-shredding intensity was perfectly delivered and it’s a real favourite of mine. I also enjoyed the second movie and, despite the third movie having a completely different cast and setting, I still found plenty to enjoy. So when I saw that the fourth movie was going to follow on from the second and feature the poor reporter Angela once again, I was interested. Set on a ship in the middle of the ocean, I was expecting that same intensity from the first as we’re trapped within a confined space.
Only this movie manages to completely blow it. After a dull and lengthy setup, the film lurches between the odd infected human jumping out to attack the others, some infected monkeys and a load of boring confusion about a parasite which may or may not be using Angela as a host. There’s nothing intense original or exciting at all and I couldn’t wait for it to end. And of course, they have to go and leave it open for another movie to follow if they want to. I just really hope they don’t.
My watch-list of movies and TV shows continues to grow, while my spare time continues to shrink. Occasionally though, I’ll manage to tick one off the list, and then try to come up with some words about it that make me sound as though I know what I’m talking about. “Once he has discovered something, he wants to be off onto the next thing, rather than spending time and elaborating” – snippet from my primary school report, confirming that I am, and always have been, easily distracted.