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8. 'Rec' (2007)
When you don't notice the subtitles in a foreign film, that's a good sign. When you don't notice them in a horror film, well, that just confirms it's scary as hell. Taking place largely inside one Spanish apartment building, the story is told from the found footage of a TV cameraman who unsuspectingly goes on a routine distress call with a reporter. Of course, they quickly learn the little old lady trapped in her apartment isn't so sweet. This film takes the "Blair Witch" shaky cam gimmick and turns it up a notch by keeping the terror confined to one claustrophobic location (one of the most chill-inducing moments is when we see authorities calmly barricading any exit from the building). There will be no escape through the woods for Angela and Pablo, and this artfully shot film always lets us know that death could be just out of camera range, guaranteeing we (and our trapped protagonists) can never get a step ahead.
-Liane Bonin Starr