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[REC] 3: Genesis

’Til death do us part.

Rod Lott November 7th, 2012

After four previous films (when you factor in the American Quarantine versions), is there life left in Spain's zombie found-footage franchise? [REC] 3: Genesis responds with a festive "¡Si!"


Despite the subtitle, it’s not really a prequel. Ingeniously presented as a cheesy wedding video, complete with menu and photo montage, the film documents the nuptials of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martín), and the subsequent country-club reception that gives new meaning to "blow-out."

At some point deep into the dance-party portion of the night, a dog bite on an uncle's hand turns the man into a flesh eater. This initial scene of chaos is followed by a stylistic change on the part of writer/director Paco Plaza that caught me off-guard, and our newlyweds become separated in the fray.

Plaza rather wryly turns Genesis into a self-parody, retaining the gory mess of its predecessors while refusing merely to duplicate their antics in a different location. This means Clara is allowed to turn bridezilla and scream, "This is my day!" while chain-sawing an undead guest in perfect vertical halves.

The result is like the wedding cake our lovers never get to eat: a delight to look at, even better to taste ... but not to the point of overindulgence; Plaza keeps this affair to 80 minutes, end credits included. The DVD extras contain many deleted scenes that would have weighted down the confection. Three cheers for [REC] 3 deviating from the formula just enough to do something different. —Rod Lott

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