I'm very fortunate in that I often get to see indie / foreign horror flicks well before their release date, but there's one title that's been evading me for the past year or so. HOWEVER! Thanks to a few great contacts on the festival circuit, I was able to get a peek at the VERY well-reviewed Spanish horror flick [REC]. And those reviews were not mistaken.
Sony has a remake (called Quarantine) coming just in time for Halloween, and I hope it's a rock-solid re-do -- but all I can say is that the original version ... kinda melted my socks off. Yes, it's yet another horror flick with a "Blair Witch"-style approach (right there alongside Cloverfield and Diary of the Dead) and NO, it's not even remotely a stunningly original story -- but co-directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza do all they can to combine a well-worn concept and a gimmicky approach, and the result is a rrrrreaally scary movie.
Basically, [REC] is about a two-person film crew that gets locked up inside of a quarantined building while something a LOT like a zombie attack slowly unfolds all the hell over the place. It's quick, it's creepy, and it's a frantic little import that I can't wait to see again. Feel free to check out my full review at FEARnet, but if you're a horror freak you'll definitely want to keep an eyeball peeled for the [REC] DVD release date. Obviously I'll remind you when that DVD is announced.