Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza’s [Rec] series has become one of the biggest horror franchises in the world – and now Balaguero is set to close the book once and for all with the upcoming release of [Rec]4: Apocalypse. We’ve got your first look at the trailer, which recently debuted at the Sitges Film Festival.
It’s impossible to get a real read on this fourth and final entry in the series – which found a group of people trapped in an apartment building as a virus that turned them into monsters spread (they moved outside of this setting for Plaza’s recently released [Rec] 3) – because the clip is comprised solely of footage from the earlier films. However, titles like “You know her,” “You know the place” and “It’s time to leave” would seemingly indicate that Balaguero’s film will take us back to ground zero for the final film in the series.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about this. I welcomed Plaza’s effort to move the series outside of the quarantined building of the first two entries. However, if you’re going to end the series properly, it only makes sense to get back to where all these events started. Hopefully the filmmaker can find some way to make this now overly familiar environment seem fresh and new.
It’s interesting to see [Rec] actually coming to a close. In Hollywood, horror series with franchise potential are sequelized and spun off into oblivion. [Rec] stands as one of the biggest franchises in the global horror market at this point (standing alongside Paranormal Activity) and it seems like Filmax could have conceivably kept this thing going and milked more money out of it before putting it out to pasture.
Of course, this could still happen – nothing in horror is ever truly dead (just ask Jason Voorhees). We could, conceivably, see [Rec] spin-offs helmed by other filmmakers or even more films in this main series should [Rec] 4 do extremely well. I hope that doesn’t come to pass – it would be nice to see a series tell its tale and exit the stage with its dignity intact instead of hanging around long past its expiration date and ruining its legacy.
And yes, [Rec] does have a legacy. While none of the sequels have managed to live up to the original (at least so far), this has been a franchise that people will remember and talk about for years to come. Plaza and Balaguero not only created something that resonated with genre fans, but they managed to craft a mostly compelling ongoing narrative in an era where studios were more interested in remakes and reboots than sequels. It will be odd to live in a world without more [Rec] movies, but it will be nice to see a series wrap things up before it reaches a point where each new sequel announcement inspires more derision than excitement.
Have a look at the [Rec] 4: Apocalypse trailer below and let us know what you think. Will you miss this series when it’s gone or have you had enough already? Where do you put this in the pantheon of great horror franchises over the past decade? Share your thoughts with us below.