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nOmArch
05-03-2008, 12:23 PM
Anyone seen this?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/

looks really good, and of course with any decent foreign fllm, Hollywood are remaking it :oops: :roll:

going to watch it tomorrow night, hopefully 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' will be laugh (seeing that in the afternoon) but am saving Rec just in case i need some decent cinema ;)

bigrob
05-03-2008, 03:22 PM
saw this last month.

fantastic film !!!!!!!!!!

nOmArch
05-03-2008, 04:30 PM
cool, looking forward to watching it.

stplayahtn
05-14-2008, 01:15 AM
I saw this a couple weeks ago. Fantastic hooror flick. It was actually scary...or would be if I wasn't so desensatized from watching every horror movie that comes down the pike.

Spoilers:
I though it added a nice twist to the zombie genre, by only making you think it's about zombies. The ending is one of my most memorable in a while simply because it combines two different horror elements: possesion and zombies. Really interesting.
Spoilers:

nOmArch
05-14-2008, 02:33 PM
actually i was pretty bored by the whole thing, fairly generic horror movie if you ask me, im glad i saw it but its not one i will be ever watching again.

the whole 'reality' thing is becoming very tiresome in movies now. :-(

boon23
03-20-2009, 07:39 PM
I thought it was a good horror movie in blair witch/cloverfield style that delivered a lot scares. Good acting.

white43
03-20-2009, 08:22 PM
Spent one night watching REC and then Quarantine(the US remake).

The story itself is pretty good and I like the idea. Quite liked it, nothing amazing, but we're not seeing anything new from the likes of 'The Zombie Diaries' or the dreadful 'Diary of the Dead'. But if you like your Zombie films, check it out.

If there's a question on which is better - well to be honest, not really either version. The American version has a few more characters, but largely sticks to the Spanish plot - with the odd change. I watched with a friend and we agreed that there was nothing to gain from watching REC, if you'd watched Quarantine.

blueyoda
03-20-2009, 09:33 PM
I watched with a friend and we agreed that there was nothing to gain from watching Quarantine, if you'd watched REC.

Fixed.

I don't get why people would watch a remake before the original. It just spoils the original.

REC got a 95% rating on rottentomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rec/). That's higher than The Dark Knight. While its remake Quarantine got a 59% rating. (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1196221-quarantine/)

Do yourself a service, always watch the original first. There's more to movies than just plot.

white43
03-20-2009, 09:50 PM
Woah, don't be elitist.

Did watch REC first and then Quarantine. The difference is minimal, aside more character development in Quarantine.

I stand by the statement - you gain nothing from watching REC first, unless you're Spanish speaking.

blueyoda
03-20-2009, 10:14 PM
REC is subtitled, you don't need to speak spanish to enjoy it.

Following your logic there is nothing to be gained from watching the original Psycho when you've seen the 1998 remake because the differences are minimal.

Not trying to start a fight here - I just don't agree with your review at all.

Also, by watching the original before the remake was even anounced, I watched it fresh, without the images of the american trailer in my head, which spoiled the very last shot of the movie.

I hate remakes of foreign films. I have yet to see one that is better than the original.

JasonN
03-20-2009, 10:18 PM
I don't get why people would watch a remake before the original. It just spoils the original.

REC got a 95% rating on rottentomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rec/). That's higher than The Dark Knight. While its remake Quarantine got a 59% rating. (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1196221-quarantine/)

Do yourself a service, always watch the original first. There's more to movies than just plot.
Meh... I remember people telling me that the Japanese The Ring was sooooo much better than the American remake, but frankly, I love the US remake a lot more than the original Japanese version (at least the remake got rid of that retarded "ESP/Psychic" crap of the original and move the story more into the realm of the supernatural).

blueyoda
03-20-2009, 10:37 PM
I don't get why people would watch a remake before the original. It just spoils the original.

REC got a 95% rating on rottentomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rec/). That's higher than The Dark Knight. While its remake Quarantine got a 59% rating. (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1196221-quarantine/)

Do yourself a service, always watch the original first. There's more to movies than just plot.
Meh... I remember people telling me that the Japanese The Ring was sooooo much better than the American remake, but frankly, I love the US remake a lot more than the original Japanese version (at least the remake got rid of that retarded "ESP/Psychic" crap of the original and move the story more into the realm of the supernatural).

I'm pretty sure you saw the remake before the original.

The Ring and its remake are completely different movies.

The original one is filmed like a mystery thriller. The premise is ridiculous - a haunted VHS tape - yet you are slowly drawn in, wanting to believe it's true. [spoiler:14aybn0q]You never clearly see anything surpernatural happen until the girl comes out of the TV[/spoiler:14aybn0q] at which point your blood turns to ice because your worst fears are realized.

The remake is the total opposite. It's a ghost story right from the start, spooky special-effects every 15 minutes routine, and it follows the formulatic find-what-will-appease-the-angry-ghost plot device. I'm not saying it's a bad movie. I actually enjoyed it. But if you saw it before the original, of course it would ruin it.

JasonN
03-20-2009, 11:10 PM
I'm pretty sure you saw the remake before the original.
Nooooooooo... I saw the original version first followed by the US remake and I STILL prefer the remake to the original. :roll:

Look, I'm not saying that every remake is automatically better than the original film (in fact, I'm dreading the US remake of the Swedish Let The Right One In). However, the notion that the original versions are ALWAYS superior to the remakes is just as narrow-minded and stupid as the former viewpoint (it's just on the opposite end of the spectrum).

On another topic, the last good zombie movie that I saw was Mulberry Street - yeah, the zombies aren't really the "undead" zombies (more like "rat mutant" zombies), but the story was kinda clever and the characters had a lot of depth and originality to them for a horror film cast.

blueyoda
03-20-2009, 11:53 PM
the notion that the original versions are ALWAYS superior to the remakes is just as narrow-minded and stupid as the former viewpoint (it's just on the opposite end of the spectrum)

I did sound narrow-minded, didn't I.

I guess all I'm saying is that you should always check out the original version of a movie before its remake. To give it a chance to shine before potentially killing it by watching an awful remake.

FatherMerrin
03-21-2009, 06:49 AM
I saw REC & loved it. Haven't seen the remake so I'll with hold judgement.

I saw Ringu before the remake & loved it, one of the best horror films I've seen in my life. I saw the US remake & was very disapointed. It felt so drawn out & slow compared to the original. Ringu had a pace to it & you really felt time was running out at the end, where The Ring just plods along.

Also, I hate how they dumbed down the husband in the US version. In the Jap version the husband was an intelligent man, in the US version he was your typical cliche male character of a immature male who hasn't grown up & faced up to his responsibilities. Actually I think it was that reason alone I took a dislike to the film.

T-HOPE
03-23-2009, 03:58 AM
Why is this called Rec when even IMDB lists this as Quarantine?

white43
03-23-2009, 04:04 AM
Why is this called Rec when even IMDB lists this as Quarantine?

Spanish language original version is called REC.

nOmArch
03-23-2009, 09:59 AM
Why is this called Rec when even IMDB lists this as Quarantine?

did you actually read any of this thread?!? :lol: :-P

T-HOPE
03-24-2009, 03:42 PM
Why is this called Rec when even IMDB lists this as Quarantine?

did you actually read any of this thread?!? :lol: :-P
Nope :D

I already knew about the movie Quarantine, which I believed was the same as Rec, so I skipped the most basic posts. Didn't know it was a remake...

FatherMerrin
03-24-2009, 03:51 PM
Nope :D

I already knew about the movie Quarantine, which I believed was the same as Rec, so I skipped the most basic posts. Didn't know it was a remake...

Excellent. :lol:

theslime
03-24-2009, 03:58 PM
(at least the remake got rid of that retarded "ESP/Psychic" crap of the original and move the story more into the realm of the supernatural).
You're right, but unfortunately it also made up even more "retarded" pieces of plot, in addition to making the boyfriend pointlessly annoying.

All Ring movies have been really flawed (I kinda wonder sometimes why I even bother watching them), but the visuals of the first Japanese film are really nice, even unique. (Verbinski aped them pretty badly, in my view.) Also, several people have noted how the original isn't really that scary until after you've seen it. I felt the same thing. The remake was scarier when watching, but I forgot about it shortly after. There are some images in the original that really got to me.

Which reminds me... Someone should try a fanedit of the original Japanese film with less overt ESP (if it's possible).

blueyoda
03-24-2009, 04:10 PM
Isn't the ESP in only one scene (The flashback to the mother's youth)?

But what's so annoying about the ESP anyways? It didn't bother me at all.

nOmArch
03-24-2009, 06:02 PM
Nope :D

I already knew about the movie Quarantine, which I believed was the same as Rec, so I skipped the most basic posts. Didn't know it was a remake...

:smile: :oops: :smile:

theslime
03-24-2009, 06:29 PM
Isn't the ESP in only one scene (The flashback to the mother's youth)?
I can't remember if it's more than one scene. For me, the problem is that it just comes out of nowhere. Generally I don't mind ESP in a movie, if it has a real connection to the plot. The cool thing about Ringu is that it's a horror story with a plot driven by detective work. The film works like a vaguely supernatural thriller based on real deduction. But then the ESP suddenly starts kicking in, and deduction suddenly gets irrelevant. I guess it's probably well-explained in Koji Suzuki's book - I've read a manga version of the sequel, "Spiral", and his style is very technical and with lots of exposition (science fiction with an emphasis on science, or rather pseudo-science) - but in the movie it just deflates the story.

For me, this was the improvement in The Ring. Sadly, it was also the only thing that was improved (while plenty of changes were for the worse).