Saturday, 3 May 2014

First trailer For [.Rec] 4: Genesis arrives online

Filmax International have just released their first trailer for Jaume Balagueró's [.Rec] 4: Genesis.

First announced together way back in 2010, the original idea was that [.Rec] 3: Genesis (2012) and [.Rec] 4: Apocalypse would be filmed more-or-less concurrently and be released close together. Clearly that didn't pan out as planned, since Genesis arrived a couple of years ago.

Series honchos Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza directed the first two [.Rec]s in tandem, but went solo for the prequel and this threequel, taking one each. Plaza handled Genesis, so Apocalypse is Balagueró's, and sees Manuel Velasco's Ángela – who's story was left hanging at the end of [.Rec] 2 (2009) – rescued and taken to an impromptu base set up on an oil tanker. Inevitably, however, the quarantine doesn't hold, and the survivors are soon once again faced with infected victims of the franchise's unique, peculiarly Catholic zombie rabies virus.

Genesis abandoned the first two films' chaotic handheld found footage style after its first few minutes, and judging by this clip, Apocalypse doesn't use point-of-view at all. An interesting choice since it was such a part of [.Rec]'s early identity (not to mention giving the franchise's title its meaning). But after Genesis' detour into black comedy, we do seem to be right back into the darkness for part 4.

We're also told Apocalypse is to be [.Rec]'s final chapter. There's no UK release date yet, but it's out in its native Spain on 31 October.

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