Episode 84. Summer of Plague pt 1 – Contamination: [•REC] (2007) and [•REC]²(2009)

What starts as a routine stop for a firefighters and a puff piece for some TV journalists descends into one of the most chilling and prescient film franchises in contemporary horror. To kick off the Summer of Plague series, Andrea and Alex delve into the nooks and crannies of Spanish history and a Barcelona apartment complex to read between the frames.

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Rec. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2007.
Rec 2. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2009.

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One thought on “Episode 84. Summer of Plague pt 1 – Contamination: [•REC] (2007) and [•REC]²(2009)

  1. I absolutely loved the way you seamlessly (with much preparation I know) discussed the relations of history, art, and these films. The dialogue toward the end about “disease” and its congruence with deformity in popular thought was also so important (in relation to the film and in relation to human psychology). I hope Alex writes that book you both mentioned.

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