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Exclusive! ‘[REC 4]: Apocalypse’ Will Not Be Found Footage!

Magnet Releasing has scheduled [REC] 3: Genesis for release next week and I spoke with director Paco Plaza today about that film. While Plaza and Jaume Balagueró co-directed the first two installments, they decided to split up parts 3 and 4, with Plaza taking Genesis and Balagueró tackling [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

While the bulk of our interview (which will hit next week in its entirety) concerned the super-fun Genesis, Plaza was able to talk a bit about the fourth installment. There’s a moment in [REC] 3, which is a prequel to the first two films, where the camera gets put down and it switches into a more traditional film. Apparently Balagueró’s [REC] 4 takes it a step further by not being found footage at all – even though it picks up moments after [REC] 2 ends.

Per Plaza, “It’s true that it takes place after ‘[REC] 2’. And it is going to be shot [differently]. It is not going back to found footage, it is going to be a cinematic narrative. A conventional film. I don’t want to say much more, I can’t say too much. I don’t want to get in trouble!

For you found footage fans, don’t worry. When Plaza puts the POV-cam down in [REC] 3, he’s not dissing the genre. “It’s not that I wanted to make a statement. There are still excellent found footage films like ‘Paranormal Activity 3’. It’s not saying ‘found footage is over’ or anything. I just wanted to surprise the audience and deliver something different [after the first two films].

Get more on the official Facebook. [REC] 3: Genesis hits VOD on Friday, August 3 and select theaters on Friday, September 7. You can check out the trailer inside. Look for our full interview with Plaza before the film’s release next week!



  • flesheater24

    Sweet :0 this should be fucking rad 🙂

  • djblack1313

    not to be a buzz kill but it has been known for months (maybe longer) that REC4 will be shot tradition style (meaning not found footage). i like all the REC’s so far and i welcomed the change in not found footage/1st person POV in REC 3. i’m most excited for REC 4 though. i hope Jaume Balagueró just goes all out and makes it insane.

  • FreddyKrueger13

    With this popular found footage series going well non-found footage I think its safe to say that Paranormal Activity 4 will also be non-found footage.

  • FreddyKrueger13

    Ive actually never seen the [REC] movies (I’m not good with the spanish language), to bad cause it appears I’ve missed out

    • Blodulv

      They all have english subs available.

  • DeathSeeker180

    Thank fuck for that tbh.

  • pyrepunk

    Eh 3 was just horrible because they called it REC if it wasn’t associated with a found footage series it would have been good but I doubt I will like 4 either. Making entries in a found footage series that are filmed in a traditional style is just stupid. And if PA4 is not found footage then what is the point….it will just be like every other demonic ghost film….being found footage styled films is what gave these films the rep they have and they should end it that way…

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