Paco Plaza (shown at right) -- the screenwriter of the first two [REC]s and the writer/
director of this one, as well as of The Christmas Tale, one of the best in the Spanish Films to Keep You Awake series -- does himself and his series proud with this new and difficult-to-better, diamond in the (very) rough. Señor Plaza under-stands the structure and the strictures of the horror genre (sub-genre: zombie) better probably better than anyone else, including George Romero. As director, he also possesses the right, light touch that makes his movies succeed on multiples levels: the scary, the comic, the ironic and, yes, even the humane. In addition, this one actually works as a great big cheeseball goof on the entire genre.
Blair Witch, to "reality" by only showing what it was possible for the digital-camera-person to capture. (And then, as in Blair Witch, fudges on even that.)
Pontypool. (The Bible, too, god bless it, is finally used in a film as something that is truly functional for once.)
Leticia Dolera, above, left), and groom (Koldo, played by Diego Martín, above, right), get to run the gamut of emotions from love and desire to fear, terror, sacrifice, forgiveness and beyond. These two are more than up to the task, and their finale is, well, one for the books.
Body Snatchers films to Night of the Living Dead -- is all about anyway: Hanging on to but a thread of our humanity.) Is it possible to have us wipe away a tear at the very moment we are giggling? Damned if Mr. Plaza doesn't achieve something of the sort. So if you only plan to see only a single zombie movie this year (hell, this decade), look no farther.