Paco Plaza sat down with us to discuss [REC]2 and give us some insight on what is developing into a franchise.The highly anticipated sequel to , [REC] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where we left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts.
!!!THIS INTERVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
DRC: Paco I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I have to ask what compelled you to turn a zombie genre movie on its head and combine it with religious possession?
PACO PLAZA: It was after the release and success of the first one that we began to think that it was worth developing the cosmology we had created. When we thought about it, we came back to the original to rescue some ideas already planted there, like the demonic possession, that left a lot to explore. That is the background we created; at the end of the first REC we somehow gave a lot of clues, in the tape, in the newspapers on the wall…everything was already there.
DRC: Do you think the movie has even more impact when you introduce the audience to infected possessed children? I thought a nice moment in the film is when Dr. Owen asked the SWAT team if they had children – and would they be able to shoot them in the head. Because that’s what they will have to do if they don’t find an antidote. Let me flip the question back to you – would you two be able to shoot your child in the head?
PACO PLAZA: No, of course not. I don’t think I’d be able to shoot anyone; well, I’m not 100% sure of that’s true. I might.
DRC: The decision to shoot the whole film with a hand held camera is something we see more and more in horror film these days. Cloverfield felt like it was a forced concept to work the camera into the movie, Paranormal Activity handled it better but not since the Blair Witch do I feel like it was pulled off as well as you guys did so in [REC]2. What made you guys decide to shoot the whole film this way and what benefits do you think you get from doing so?
PACO PLAZA: Well. I think you increase the implication of the viewer, you add something very strong to the experience, because that’s how we think about the film, as an experience, a rollercoaster.
DRC: I’d like to get your opinion on the state of horror right now. There are so many remakes and yet here we have an original idea with a twist on an old idea like zombies. Even [REC] was adapted for the U.S. with Quarantine. Do you enjoy remakes and why does it seem like no one can get an original idea produced these days?
PACO PLAZA: I think sometimes it makes sense to adapt a film for the taste and the storytelling of the present, or to add something new; excellent examples of this for me would be Carpenter’s remake of THE THING, Cronenberg’s THE FLY or more recently HILLS HAVE EYES, by Aja. When for any reason the change helps the film to reach another audience, I think of it in a positive way.
DRC: Thanks so much for taking the time out to answer some of our questions for DownRight Creepy. Do you have any future projects we should watch for? Will there be a [REC]3 to bring more closure to the franchise?
PACO PLAZA: We’re working in 2 more REC films. The first will begin production next November and I hope it will be ready next Autumn. Hope you all enjoy [REC]2