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The 50 Greatest Movie Endings of All Time

45. [REC] (2007)

Director: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza
Screenwriter: Jaume Balagueró, Luis A. Berdejo, and Paco Plaza

The final 15 minutes of [REC] are unfuckwitable. The preceding 63 are dynamite, too, but it's the found-footage knockout's grand finale that sets it apart from not only every other first-person POV genre movie released post-Blair Witch but also every horror movie of the 2000s.

Trapped inside a Barcelona apartment building, TV reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman, Pablo, have endured through a viral outbreak that might be rabies, is probably something more inexplicable, and has turned everyone else in the premises into snarling, supercharged ghouls. A frantic race up several flights of stairs, with a small army of infected mad men and women chasing after them, sends Angela and Pablo into the building's penthouse apartment. And that's where matters really spiral out of control.

Using Pablo's camera light to illuminate the empty apartment, the uninfected survivors investigate the unit and start learning some rather unsettling facts about its former tenant: He worked for the Vatican, was researching a virus believed to cause demonic possession, and had kidnapped a possessed girl—named Tristana Medeiros—and confined her to the apartment so he could run tests. While trying to look around the attic, Pablo's camera gets swatted away by what appears to be a little demon child, damaging the equipment and requiring night vision to further inspect their surroundings. But then a tall, gaunt figure starts moving around in the dark—it's the Medeiros girl, looking like an anorexic zombie.

Soon after, the Medeiros girl hears Angela and Pablo, lunges after them and bashes Pablo's head in with a hammer. On the ground, crawling, scared to death, a sobbing Angela inches toward the camera before getting dragged off into the unlit apartment. She's screwed—we, the audience, meanwhile, can finally breathe. —MB

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