[REC] 2 gets U.S. release dateNews came down yesterday that Magnolia Pictures has picked up the Spanish horror sequel [REC] 2 for distribution in America. The original [REC], the best zombie movie I've seen since Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake (it's like Cloverfield or Blair Witch meets zombies, and it's remarkably effective), was remade in America as Quarantine, which is basically a shot-for-shot remake of the Spanish original. (As a devoted movie snob I always try too seek out the original, and it's almost always superior.) The film is due in U.S. theaters on July 9, which is significant if only because the original [REC], which had some serious buzz going for it, was basically buried for fear that it would hurt the box office for Quarantine (why pay $12 to see something in a theater when you can rent the original movie it's a remake of for $5?), but it's available on DVD now, and I recommend it highly if you're into horror movies. It's terrifying in ways the American remake (which really isn't bad) isn't.
Original [REC] writer-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza are back for the sequel (which means it will probably also be awesome), and they're already talking about making [REC] 3.
Check out the teaser for [REC] 2 below. But be warned, it's not for the faint of heart.