Flicks Fix: Lesser known zombie movie offers big screen appeal
BY J.R. ORTEGA
July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.
J.R.'s Top 5 Favorite Zombie Flicks
• "Resident Evil" series
• "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)
"The Walking Dead" (TV show, but still great!)
• "28 Weeks Later" (Though I did not like "28 Days Later")
Don't ever mess with a bride on her wedding day - especially when she's wielding a smoking, revved-up chainsaw.
Even if you are a zombie, don't mess with the bride - that's what "[Rec] 3: Genesis" taught me about the zombie world.
The film, shot and released in Spain, took a while to make its way to the U.S. It apparently came out in theaters, but I don't remember seeing it at many.
My first introduction to it was on NetFlix on Saturday. My partner had stumbled across it and had been wanting to watch it for a while.
It's in Spanish with English subtitles, he told me. The original was one of the best, he said, but that one wasn't on NetFlix.
I decided to venture out and actually try something new. To be honest, I'm not much of a movie watcher. I watch what's big, but I'm not much for finding lesser known movies. "[Rec] 3" has changed that.
The first 20 minutes of the film are shot by an amateur video recorder who is filming the wedding of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin). Everything is just peachy, happiness everywhere - the exchange of vows, a wonderful after party - and then it all goes downhill from there.
The camera gets shaky. It's complete mayhem - your typical zombie movie, but this one was very convincing for being fewer than 90 minutes long.
The makeup and special effects are spot on, and death is everywhere. I wouldn't say this movie made me jump, but the ending did somewhat surprise me.
I hope this won't give away too much, but what made me happy about this film was that there really was no explanation as to why everyone turned into crazed, skin-deteriorating man-eaters. No explanation need - just a complete bloodbath.
I'm a huge fan of horror movies, and I've seen plenty of zombie movies. This one is very fast-paced and well worth the time. Of course, nothing about it is earth-shattering - it's just a zombie movie, but it's a good tale of a marriage overshadowed by flesh-eating dead people.
And really, what more could you ask for on your wedding day?