Perhaps the most truly frightening movie I've ever seen
Feb 20, 2009
This review will contain spoilers. You've been warned.
When I first even heard of Quarantine, I was at a rental shop checking out some games for the Nintendo Wii, and the cashier was watching it on a TV next to the register. At first I thought I was watching the Blair Witch Project due to the style of filming the movie incorporates; all shot from the perspective of one of the actors on a hand-held camera. Instantly intrigued, I shortly thereafter sat down with the film and, lo and behold, uncovered one of the most truly frightening and realistic horror movies I could remember experiencing.
It all begins as a (quite cute) reporter and her cameraman shadow a local crew of firefighters for a night for a news piece. It's indicated early that the reporter crew are lookng for some real action and mostly have a flat piece on their hands, showing the audience the different sections of the fire station, from the antique "hook ladder" to the similarly-aged sliding pole (which the female reporter takes an immediate liking to). This early humor sets the pace, getting the viewer used to the shaky, somewhat jarring but altogether effective style of filming and introducing a couple of firefighters who play major roles throughout the film.
It all begins to go wrong when a call to an emergency at a multi-story apartment building comes in. The reporter and her cameraman tag alone in a fire engine as they make their way to the emergency. There they find residents in fear of an old reclusive woman who was heard shrieking from her apartment, fearful for her safety and of whatever could have made her so terrified. Police are also on the scene. Everything appears more or less normal until...until the woman attacks an officer and scares the living hell right out of you. It's at this moment that you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat, and you won't be moving until the final second of film rolls past.
From this point on, things become increasingly terrible for those in the apartment building, as the incident turns out to be a much bigger deal than anyone had anticipated. The government steps in and literally quarantines the building, holding everyone inside. An unlikely hero, a vetenarian, makes the discovery of what it is the outside world is afraid of, and what's caused more and more of the residents to become frenzied, thoughtless beasts.
I won't spoil it anymore, just to mention that with each passing moment, your dread should increase along with the very believable characters'. Your terror should hit peaks you didn't realize possible. This coming from someone who absolutely loves to be scared but has an extremely hard time finding truly horrifying films (The last I can remember that most probably won't agree with me on was Signs). I whole-heartedly recommend Quarantine to any horror movie fan, especially those who enjoyed the "Night of the Living Dead" films as the isolation and nervous terror aspects are in full swing here. One of the 5 best horror movies I've ever seen, an instant classic in my book.
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Quarantine is a realistic horror film released in 2008, directed by John Erick Dowdle and written with his brother Drew Dowdle. The film is shot entirely from the perspective of one man's camera as he and a news reporter (the two played by Steve Harris and Jennifer Carpenter, respectively) shadow a unit of firefighters as they answer a call for assistance that turns into a terrifying experience for everyone involved. Also featuring Jay Hernandez and Greg Germann.
It is a remake of the Spanish Horror film titled "REC" which was released in 2007; which had achieved major box-office acclaim all over Europe. Jennifer Carpenter plays the lead role in place of Manuela Velasco. Part of the "Americanization" of Horror films.