Plaza and Balaguero Want REC Respect

REC review!Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero, the men who brought us the cinéma-vérité delight known as REC (review), had a few choice words recently for Hollywood, Americans, and Quarantine.

Harping on the same strings a few of us have been strumming since Quarantine, the American remake of Spain’s REC, was first announced, the filmmakers revealed to Fangoria that they are not happy with how everything is going down in the States. On the notion of the remake downpour that has swept Hollywood’s originality away for so many years, Plaza remarked, “There’s a brutal lack of ideas. Personally, I would prefer them to release our film subtitled; it seems that (American cinema-goers) just don’t like reading that much.

I agree that the mainstream won’t pack theatres for a subtitled film, but what about marketing it in a different fashion and giving REC a run at the art house and indie movie houses? The duo would surely like that, but since it may not be in the cards, the best they can do is make people aware of their opinion of the remake and hopefully get more interested in the original.

John Erick Dowdle’s stab at REC will be in theatres this October.


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  • Ghostkeeper

    /agree on remakes.

    Too many foreign movies are being remade. And in turn the remakes end up being terrible. Pulse and The Eye, the remakes were terrible and couldn’t bring the same feel that the originals did.

  • Terminal

    “”There’s a brutal lack of ideas. Personally, I would prefer them to release our film subtitled; it seems that (American cinema-goers) just don’t like reading that much.””

    Yes, yes, and yes. I commonly hear people say “I don’t want to read during a movie,” or “I watch the dubbed version first and then read the subtitled one later.”

    They’re right on the money.

  • Blockbuster

    First: Shark: What??

    Second: I’m in total agreeance (new word, I just made it up…heh) with Plaza and Balaguero on this one. Having seen the original, it was amazing, even with the subs. Even with Jennifer Carpenter (yummy) in it, this is still going to …I don’t know. I’m at a loss for words. I just can’t believe that they’ve done that with the damn trailer.

    • Spaceshark

      REC is Hot. Unnecessary Remakes are not.

  • Spaceshark

    That’s hot.

  • Permafrost

    This says it all:

    “It seems that (American cinema-goers) just don’t like reading that much.”

    Having seen [REC] and then compared it to the trailer for the remake, I can see where it’s all gone wrong. The look is waaaay too slick and camera-steady and the government cover-up angle is just so typical. I’d like to think they could harness some of the “what the fuck” energy. but I don’t know…

    …and fucked if I know how they’ll handle the end of the movie. The trailer for the remake gives it away all for the sake of an easy scare.