REC Ending

(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: REC understands the importance of a satisfying payoff in horror, saving its most potent chill for last.)

Endings matter. Ideal endings provide resolution and leave a lasting impression. The final moments on screen should affect the viewer emotionally on some level. In horror, the last scene tends to offer stark relief or unsettling unease via one final scare. Narratively, though, the genre can struggle with satisfying payoffs. When the mysterious unknown is inherently terrifying, tidy answers can retroactively make everything that came before un-scary. It’s a constant struggle in genre fare, with many fizzling out before reaching the finish line.

Enter Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s REC, a 2007 found footage film that reinvigorated the sub-genre with innovative use of its style that maximized the terror from beginning to end. Moving at a breakneck speed, REC‘s onslaught of scares rarely gave viewers time to catch their breath. More impressively, Balagueró and Plaza saved the best for last, ending their feature on such a shocking moment that it instantly became iconic.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Horror Movie Jump Scares

Annabelle Creation Review

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite horror movie jump scare?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. Read More »

great zombie movies

If you think the zombie movie is dead, you’re not alone.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened with a thud this past weekend. The shambling undead have become television fixtures thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has dominated the zombie conversation for so long that the genre has stopped feeling special. Countless new movies have been rightfully accused of repeatedly treading on familiar ground, riffing on a template that George Romero built with Night of the Living Dead decades ago and refusing to try anything truly new. For many, the mere thought of a new zombie movie sounds exhausting, boring.

But like all horror subgenres, a zombie movie is only as good and as unique as its makers are ambitious and clever. I’ve rounded up a group of zombie movies, some older and some new, that don’t play by the traditional rules. These are the movies that allow me to keep my faith in zombie movies alive and well, so consider these the antidote to everything else that has been frustrating you lately.

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The horror genre is obviously great for instilling lifelong phobias in little kids or giving your date an excuse to snuggle in closer during the scary bits. But did you know that all that terror can also do wonders for your waistline? So claims one recent study, which found that 90 minutes of a scary movie could burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.

I can’t promise you that the research is scientifically sound and peer reviewed and all that stuff, so you should take the results with a grain of salt. As far as excuses to go to skip the gym and catch up on American Horror Story instead, though, you could do way worse. Hit the jump to read more and find out exactly which titles offer the best non-workouts.

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Of all the newish horror franchises that have been released in the past decade or so – Paranormal Activity, Saw, Hatchet, etc. – one that often gets overlooked is [REC]. The terrifying Spanish horror films actually give the found footage concept a grounding in reality as a news crew is stuck inside a building that houses a terrible zombie outbreak. In the good sequel, helmet cameras on an elite squad of special forces agents called in to take care of the outbreak in the first film capture the terror. And while those first two films relegated the action to a single location, [REC] 3: Genesis takes the film to the chapel. And it’s going to get married.

It’s a pretty big spoiler for the second film to say more than that so you have two options. The first one is go watch [REC] and [REC] 2 right now. The second is, if you’ve seen them, hit the jump to see the crazy awesome teaser trailer for [REC] 3: Genesis. Read More »


This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the possibility of new Star Wars films, get excited about an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine film, and ponder whether Mel Gibson truly has been subjected to a double standard. Special guest C. Robert Cargill joins us from Ain’t It Cool.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the films at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Buy It

Does the second season of Mad Men maintain the same level of excellence as the first? I have no idea, but that’s not going to stop me from buying it. While normally I’m not one to blind-buy DVDs, the first season of Mad Men was so thoroughly captivating in its depiction of ’60s society that I decided I’d be better off simply waiting until I could soak in all the episodes of the next season at my own pace. So with that I’ll throw the question over to you guys: how does Season 2 stack up to Season 1? Is it an improvement? A major departure? An utter disappointment? Share any and all thoughts in the comments below.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – 26 audio commentaries, a music sampler, Birth of an Independent Woman, An Era of Style, and Time Capsule – Historic Events of the 1960s.

Target Best Buy Fry’s
$32.99 $29.99
Amazon – $24.49

Target Best Buy Fry’s
$32.99 $29.99
Amazon – $30.99

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