The year is 1996 and horror films have become a parody of themselves. This state of affairs provoked Wes Craven – a master of modern horror – to make Scream, a film which worked as a horror film while also satirising genre conventions. It also made it commercially viable for a film to be self aware and successful. Then we had Scream 2 in 1998 and Scream 3 in 2000. Successful they may have been, but eventually the parody series became a parody of itself. Fast forward 11 years into the future and Wes Craven has returned to Woodsboro to bring us Scream 4.
[Rec] is a low budget horror movie that arrives to us from Spain by way of George A. Romero. The film focuses on a young female daytime TV show reporter and her cameraman, through who, we see all of the action, although we never actually see him. They are following a crew of firemen on an overnight shift when they are called up to save an old lady trapped in her apartment screaming the place down.