Day 11: Favorite Foreign Language Film

…aka how much of a film hipster can I be.  “I love this movie…but you’ve probably never heard of it.”  Although you have to be in the right mindset to tackle a film with subtitles, they are sometimes the most rewarding to watch.  I have a few definite favorite foreign language films, most residing in the horror genre because American horror just doesn’t cut it anymore, so out of that pool of films my favorite would have to be….

[REC]

Honorable Mention:
The Orphanage: A spooky Spanish supernatural story (say that 5 times fast)
Dead Snow: Norwegian Nazi zombie action after a tad bit of a slow start
[REC] 2: The Godfather II of zombie movies
The Good, The Bad, The Weird: A high-flying Korean western with martial arts style

[REC] cannot be matched as far as zombie films go in my mind.  Directors Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza successfully used the first person camera style to deliver the fear and intensity films like Diary of the Dead lacked.  The action was top-notch,  the story was intriguing, and it played out realistically for a zombie/infection film.  It all goes down in a quarantined apartment building with the police looking on, which gives our point of view a very hopeless and claustrophobic feel: exactly what horror should be. Horror isn’t just about topping the latest film in kills and gore, it’s more about setting a successfully eerie atmosphere that gives validity to you characters actions.  [REC] does this and more, making it easily one of my favorite movies of all time.  Not to mention it spawned a sequel which managed to stay on par quality level, and now we can all patiently wait for [REC]: Genesis and [REC] Apocalypse.  Two more movies highlighting the beginning and the end of the infection.  Most anticipated upcoming movies for me? Yes. Yes indeed.

What about you?  What’s that one film you sacrifice subtitles for?

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About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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