[REC]³ GENESIS: Steal This Chainsaw

[REC]³ Genesis (2012)
Directed by Paco Plaza


Sometimes the third time is indeed the charm…or at least a charming, fairytale zombie romance. Romance and Zombies? That’s exactly what Paco Plaza mixes together with panache in [REC]³ Genesis.

Much greater than the sum of its recycled parts, [REC]³ rewards diligent viewers in a big way. Instead of the known signs of infection being a precursor to a string of predictable levels of Zombi-ism and attacks, they are used to lay down foreshadowing of bigger events and build palpable suspense. Taking mental notes and keeping tally of who’s where and what’s what will only serve to increase your viewing pleasure and depth of immersion. You may never feel cheated with [REC]³. I didn’t. You may, however, feel confused. This installment has not only romance but humor…and the tone shifts quite often. The first of these shifts is the most major but most natural, the docu-style filming of the past two movies being eschewed for something more traditional where the fantastical side of [REC]³ can be more easily traversed.

[REC]³ also contains further discovery on the nature of The Infection. Turns out it’s more of a Viral Possession of sorts, the essence of the original infected girl passing from victim to victim like vampirism passing from a Master to its fledglings…except this demon is visible (only) in their reflections.

Zombie action may stop the wedding reception but it only serves to fuel The Bride’s (Clara, played by Leticia Dolera) determination to find her way back to her new husband, Koldo (Diego Martin) and start their life together. Does the mantra “This wedding is happening no matter what I have to do or who I have to kill!” sound familiar? I thought so. Also interesting is how the POV’s of The Bride and Groom are reflected in the two major tones of the latter, cinematically filmed, portion of the movie. The bulk of [REC]³ is big on romance, bordering on melodrama at times and, strangely enough, action-comedy at others. The sex roles are reversed to some degree though, as it is The Groom’s view that is more romantic and The Bride’s that is ‘Let’s Git This Shit Done Nah!’ in nature, even turning into an all out horror music video at one point as she chainsaws her way through the guest list.

At its undead heart, [REC]³ is all about relationships. We hunger for the ones we love. Passion has had lovers, friends, and ‘frenemies’ alike, sparring and spitting at the mouth since the dawn of time, but it’s our compassion for each other and the choice of self-sacrifice that in the end truly keeps us human.

Overall, the freshness of this installment coupled with great character background, excellent gore scenes, and clever weaving of the medium style into the narrative was more than enough to fuel me through any strange tonal shifts. Spellbinding.

-Hakk Wylde!

P.S. Fabulous wedding shoes also make excellent weapons. Don’t forget that, Boys!

7 (out of 10) Infected Beers

Also noteworthy by Paco Plaza:
A Christmas Tale (2005)
From the Spanish anthology “6 Films To Keep You Awake”
It’s like The Goonies meets Tales From The Crypt!

14 thoughts on “[REC]³ GENESIS: Steal This Chainsaw

      • At first I was very skeptical about the idea of another sequel. I adore Part 1, but I totally hate Part 2.
        Gladly REC3 turned out to be a super-fabulous gorefest.

        Now I’m fully pumped for the upcoming 4th part, directed by Jaume Balaguero, also responsible for this year’s best horror movie so far, the mindblowing SLEEP TIGHT. You MUST check this one out, it’s excellent.

        • Bwahaha! So funny! I Loved REC1 and kinda hated REC2 as well! Git OUTTA MY MYNNND! *does a Bene Gesserit voice from Lynch’s Dune*

          Ugh! SLEEP TIGHT! I know…I trust you, Maynard. The Horror Force is strong with you! Will watch SOON! Promise. Then…Discussion Tyme!!! Woot-RawR! }:D

          • Ich muss mit einigen der Es wird Ihr Herz pumpt, sesblt wenn er endet Teil verlassen. . . Dieser Film war genial, die He4nde nach unten. Quarante4ne ist ein billiges Remake, wie die Amerikaner oft mit ausle4ndischen gute Filme. Es ist nur traurig, zu vergleichen mit REC Quarante4ne in keiner Weise. Still, es ist ein Film, den ich nicht sehen wfcrde wieder, wollen nicht an einem Herzinfarkt sterben. Ich schnitt in der Ne4he das erste Mal! XD

          • I agree, QUARANTINE sucked. Although I dug one thing in it…how they portrayed the police here in the U.S. Damn straight they’d shoot first and ask NO questions later. Thanks for reading!

      • Ich sah diesen Schritt ein paar Tage und ich habe es wilrkich genossen!wurde der amtierende G8 und U spfcrte die Spannung, dass die Menschen in dem Film das Geffchl waren und ihre Atmosphe4re und war g8 u wusste nicht, wot passieren wfcrde!Ich beobachtete dies bei etwa 1 Uhr und ich noch keine Angst, ich liebe Horrorfilme aber ich weidf nicht Angst vor ihnen bekommen, aber ihre Bits wurden, wo ich gesprungen (das Bit mit dem Jungen auf dem Dachboden)Insgesamt bin ich woulld haben dieses 4, vielleicht 5 Sternen!Hat jemand glaube, Manu sieht aus wie der Se4nger von Disturbed?

      • Die Sache mit REC ist, dass es nur kf6nnte sie mit Zombies zu tun haben werden, we4hrend die asemikanirche Version, Quarante4ne entfernt als eine Form der Tollwut super erkle4rt. REC ist viel besser, zumal es Sie fragen, was wirklich passiert Ble4tter. was los war in dieser letzten Szene? Quarante4ne ffcr Verdummung sie nieder und verlassen, um stark auf Gore schwach.

  1. Bonnie- this is way cool. So I have a question for you. If there was one sci-fi/ horror movie you would recommend to me, what would it be?

    • The original ALIEN! But we’ve all seen that! haha.

      So…I vote SUNSHINE (2007) A bit…monsterish…at times…but don’t let that fool you…it’s sooo deep! You will Love it, Steve! Many hugs to you in the Land of Surf & Sun! }:)

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