'[REC] 4: Apocalypse' Director Jaume Balagueró Lines Up a Bank-Robbery Thriller, Plus a New Horror Movie

'[REC] 4: Apocalypse' Director Jaume Balagueró Lines Up a Bank-Robbery Thriller, Plus a New Horror Movie

Dec 18, 2014

In just a few weeks Magnola Pictures will release [REC] 4: Apocalypse, the latest sequel in the fantastic Spanish zombie series first started by Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró back in 2007. What's particularly cool about the [REC] sequels is that they have yet to just rehash what made the first movie so terrifying. 2 is more of an action movie, 3 is a fun, playful party movie, and now 4 has a bit of a sci-fi flavor to it.

Directed by Balagueró, [REC] 4: Apocalypse involves characters from the first three movies all being brought together on a boat by scientists who are trying to prevent the further spread of the zombielike virus. Their plan is to reverse engineer a cure from Angela (Manuela Velasco), but as you can guess, things do not go well.

We spoke to Balagueró today about the film and while we'll save most of the chat that's specific to the movie for closer to its release date, we figured we might as well share these exciting tidbits about what he's up to next:


Movies.com: Will you be returning to English-language movies anytime soon?

Jaume Balaguero: Yes, I am preparing an English movie now. It's not a horror movie, it's a thriller. It takes place in Spain with characters who are both from England. It's very special to Spain, but the movie will be in English.

Movies.com: Are you allowed to talk about the plot for that?

Balaguero: It's not a horror story, it's about a robbery in a bank in Spain, but it's not your typical bank robbery. It has very special and different elements. It'll be a very surprising movie. At the same time, I'm working on a horror movie with supernatural elements. It's a very strong horror movie based on the novel La Dama Número Trece. It's about these muses that are conspiring against us all. That's my other project, but I'm working on both right now.

Since most probably haven't read the 2003 Spanish novel he's talking about, a rough translation of The Lady Thirteen's plot reveals that it's about a man who constantly dreams about a brutal triple murder in a house and a woman screaming for his help. One day he discovers that the house and the murder were real, and so he presses forward to find out what happened, who the woman was, and why he's having these dreams. In doing so, he uncovers a world where a coven of ladies (witches?) may secretly control everyone's destiny from the shadows.

So the man responsible for [REC], Fragile, Sleep Tight and The Nameless is making a bank-robbery movie (with an undisclosed twist) and a horror movie about a man investigating a group of shadowy women who may be witches. Sign us up!

[REC] 4: Apocalypse is in theaters and On Demand starting January 2, 2015.





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