If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Why has it been since October of 2009 (when we originally saw and reviewed this sequel to the Spanish horror sensation "Rec") that this was being seen all over the world, but only now, almost two years later, is finally coming out on DVD AND EVEN THEN...not on blu-ray. I mean, what...the...frak? I'll tell you why, it's because...actually I don't know why. "Rec 2" is one of those fantastic sequels that in some ways surpasses the original film, which is really saying something because "Rec" was one of the Spill crew's favorite horror films to come out in years. Hell, Korey and I even did an interview with the actor who plays that OMG WUT THE FUK IS THAT THING at the end of the first film (and who has a much larger role in the sequel). But wait...some folks didn't like the sequel. What is that all about? Because "Rec 2" takes up right from the ending of the first film, as the last survivor (that we know of) from the bizarre zombie attack going on in the sealed off apartment building is dragged off into the darkness, her screams seen only by the night vision lens of her fallen camera. Her vital last minute revelations, which the American remake "Quarantine" unwisely changed into something more mundane, are the crux of the plot of the second film, and it seems like a lot of folks just didn't grok what it meant or why adding that context made the whole thing that much more frightening. No, I'm not gonna give it away (and in fact will delete any comments here that do) as many still have not even seen or even are aware of the first film yet and deserve to get that creeping feeling up the back of their neck, unadulterated by jerks who enjoy spoiling someone else's good time. "Rec 2" follows two different groups: a team sent in my the Ministry of Health to ascertain the situation parameters, and three curious teenagers who sneak into the building through the sewer system. Both groups have their own recording equipment, as the story continues to be told through the 'found footage' format, but it really works in this series. The traditional zombie scares and gore are just as great here as they were in the first film, but that little reveal at the end of the first film that changes the definitions of the whole game, dominates much of the scariest sequences. A surreal "Silent Hill"-ish vibe pervades some of the new directions the plot goes, and perhaps that was confusing for some...I found it absolutely horrifyingly delicious, and a promising direction for the upcoming final two sequels, "Rec: Genesis" and "Rec: Apocalypse". Here's hoping returning directors Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró keep the good stuff coming, including their ability to keep us guessing.
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ROBOT CHICKEN - STAR WARS III
I can't help but wonder if the both of the shows "Robot Chicken" and "Family Guy" coming out with a trilogy of Star Wars parody specials started out as a drunken challenge between respective creators Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green. Since both men work together on each other's shows regularly, I'd call it even likely that it had its origins in that fashion, but I don't really care. I've enjoyed both series of satirical send-ups of the formative space fantasy series. That being said, I don't see "Family Guy"s creators getting their own officially licensed Star Wars television show in the future. So, you know, IN YOUR FACE SETH, with love, other Seth. But hey, I do indeed prefer "Robot Chicken"s animated action figure irreverence these days, and although I haven't seen the first two specials, part III apparently is a little bit of a departure from the normal Robot Chicken standard of random bits and pieces separated by channel static dividers. There's even somewhat of a running plot (sort of) with the Emperor (voiced by MacFarlane), falling down into the endless void that Vader threw him into at the end of "Return of the Jedi" (ooh sorry, spoiler) and reminiscing back on how he got there. Another running joke is with Boba Fett (Breckin Meyer) about how he got thrown into the Sarlacc pit (again, sorry, my bad) and what happened next. As usual, there are some special guest voices, with Anthony Daniels, Ahmed Best, and Billy Dee Williams from the original films making appearances, and additional roles by Donald Faison, Donald Glover, Zac Efron, and more. But why buy this when you saw it for free on TV? How about because of the TONS of extras? FOUR different commentary tracks, 23 minutes of mini-featurettes, 25 minutes of deleted scenes (often as funny as the included stuff), a gag reel, Seth and the guys yukking it up with George Lucas, and a heckuva lot more; 5 hours worth in all. Shiiiiiit, Family Guy, what have you done for me lately?
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