Magnolia Pictures has picked up REC 2 for distribution, making plans for a limited theatrical release in the U.S. starting on July 9th. A dvd release will follow.

REC 2 picks up immediately after the events of the original, where a camera crew becomes trapped inside an apartment building with a serious infestation problem. Much like 28 Days Later it’s a zombie film that’s not technically about zombies but the original REC was fantastic, a violent, claustrophobic and freaky experience that showed the Spanish know horror as well as anyone else.

The original of course was already remade with modest commercial success
as Quarantine, so since the source material’s there we’ll see if an
American sequel ever gets made. Not that we need it.

Original writer/director duo Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza returned for REC 2, and they’ve also announced plans for a REC 3. No details are available on that one just yet, but let’s hope they know what they’re doing- there’s no need to beat this concept into the ground.

Check out the incredibly effective teaser trailer for REC 2 to give you an idea of what to expect, and keep an eye out for the film this July.