Excerpt: “Scary” movies, by and large, are mainly subjective. In that I mean what’s scary to one person might not be scary to another. Heck, a movie about someone losing their job might be the scariest movie of the year right now. However, in terms of the “traditional” scary movie a little film like “Quarantine” certainly follows all the rules and makes for an interesting watch.
Excerpt: is an effectively simple one. In short, on the evening March 11, 2008 a reporter named Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her camera man followed a crew of firefighters into an apartment building in the heart of Los Angeles. When they get there, they soon find that they’ve been locked in and that the building has been quarantined by the Center For Disease Control.
Excerpt: Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been viciously attacked by something unknown.
Conclusion: As the credits roll, audiences familiar with Cloverfield will inevitably begin to draw comparisons between the two films, centered on the eerily similar styles the two share. It's hard to shake the notion that Quarantine is nothing but a "wannabe" film trying to capitalize on the success of 2007's smash hit monster movie, and combined with the fact that it's a remake of a recent foreign film, the deck seems stacked against it.
Conclusion: As far as Hollywood remakes of foreign horror movies go, 'Quarantine' may be better than average, but that's not saying much. Although well-staged and slickly-produced, in the end it's a rather generic zombie thriller. For its part, the Blu-ray has pretty good picture quality and great sound, though the supplements are thin. Horror fans will probably find it a worthwhile rental.
Excerpt: John Erick Dowdle's coldly calculating Quarantine plugs simultaneously into three of the hottest trends sweeping horror movies since masked, seemingly indestructible madmen began disemboweling horny, beer-drinking teenagers. Like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Diary Of The Dead , and Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon, it's a cinéma vérité horror film compiled from ostensibly real footage shot by one of its characters.
Excerpt: Quarantine is Saved By The Bell and Shaft and shoulder pads in women’s clothing. It’s Ross Perot briefly leading the 1992 Presidential Election and John Lennon’s bed-in for peace. It’s Hoovervilles, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? , and Andy Warhol’s soup cans. Just as Bret Michaels screaming “Nothin’ But A Good Time” in black spandex pants obnoxiously illustrates exactly where popular music was in the 1980s, Quarantine oozes the macabre, ghoulish stench of 2008, this the...
Summary: And the award for fastest Hollywood remake of a foreign film goes to everyone involved in this. The original Spanish version, [REC] , was playing on local screens only a few months ago, and man did it deliver in the scary stakes. How will the American version stack up against the best horror movie of 2008? More Fortunately, it stays faithful to the events of its predecessor apart from switching the venue from Barcelona to LA.