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Quarantine (2008)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 34

Quarantine uses effective atmosphere and consistent scares to stand above the crop of recent horror films.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

Quarantine uses effective atmosphere and consistent scares to stand above the crop of recent horror films.



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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 infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Feb 17, 2009


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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (34) | DVD (6)

An American remake of the Spanish horror movie '[Rec]' that adopts the same basic recipe, but removes any hint of flavour or texture, reducing cutting-edge Catalan cuisine to bland, bite-sized McNuggets.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (5)
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Even those who despise remakes will have to admit that director John Erick Dowdle's furious retread is scary as hell.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Quarantine feels awfully familiar, and it grows less convincing with each passing moment. At its worst, it abandons realism entirely and flirts with gory kitsch.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Quarantine is based on the 2007 Spanish thriller [REC]. Like any imitation, the quality's not as good, but this is about cheap thrills, of which there are not enough.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Give Quarantine credit: Without resorting to computer-generated monsters or supernatural explanations, it uses consistent logic and confinement to find new ways of being scary.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (3)
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Quarantine, yet another pseudo-documentary horror movie, delivers the heebie-jeebies with solid acting and perfectly calibrated shocks.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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I don't care how dedicated a TV journalist you are: when a rabid, shrieking hellion lunges for your neck, teeth a-gnashin', it's time to hit the standby button and defend yourself.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Quarantine is symptomatic of a broken industry; one that would rather remake a perfectly good foreign language film with nice, safe, recognisable American faces rather than plough any money into original concepts.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

The best thing about this cheesy rip-off mockumentary-styled horror pic is that I didn't catch its virus or vomit after following its shaky developments.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Works as every bit the disposable jolt dispenser it's assembled to be.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

'Quarantine' is a solid horror movie and one of the better to be released this year. The last 15 minutes is hardcore suspense that redeem any cheap movie making flaws.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Develops into a legitimately unnerving experience.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine could surely do far worse as far as horror remakes go.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A respectable, if uninspired, adaptation of... [REC], a Blair Witch-style variation on zombie movie cliches that might seem fresher had it not opened after veteran George Romero's grimly pared-down Diary of the Dead.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Real no frills filmmaking. Anything that gets in the way of the main idea is stripped to the bone. This includes certain niceties like character, humor, and even story.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source:

Not as frightening as it should be, but still better than the average Hollywood scare-a-thon.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

We are saddled with the limitations of the 'found' film premise - seemingly endless screaming and scrabbling around in the dark, filmed from just a single angle.

February 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

An eye-popping both metaphorical and literal genocidal rat race scare scenario made especially haunting when it kicks in, with its post-9/11 domestic terror lurking around every corner, hyper-paranoid sensibility.

February 8, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

An affair that aims low and succeeds well in such.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The camera bounces along, its path blocked frequently by the back of some fleeing figure, so that you're never quite sure where you are, where you're going or what you're looking at...

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (7)
Sydney Morning Herald

The premise isn't bad; I like the fact this hysteria happens in and around people's homes, because it's an excuse for the filmmakers to uncover secrets normally kept behind closed doors. A pity there are no great revelations here.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's one of those rare movies where you can't quite ascertain as to whether the filmmakers are trying to create scares or laughs.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Delivers a pleasingly high quota of decent jolts as the body count mounts and the TV airhead becomes increasingly hysterical.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The Spanish film worked better than John Erick Dowdle's remake, which is, if possible, even more chaotically filmed to the point that you often haven't got the slightest idea what's happening -- you just know that it's nasty.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comment (1)
At the Movies (Australia)

As a visceral, camera-shuddery ride into foamy-mouthed zombie hell, it's efficient enough - but if you've already seen [Rec], steer clear...

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for Quarantine

August 8, 2013
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Mediocre remake of Rec, which is far superior in every way, Quarantine is a poorly constructed film that uses everything from the original film to create its terror. Like every other horror fan, I have a love / hate relationship with remakes. Some are good, some not so good. Some lack anything that would it interesting viewing, others are pretty good even though they're not all that memorable. With Quarantine we have a remake that just doesn't deliver. The cast aren't that great, many deliver mundane performances, especially Jennifer Carpenter, who unlike her role in Dexter, doesn't do anything interesting with her character. This is yet another pointless remake to a great film. Hell, that sentence seems to be used a lot to describe remakes, but it is very true. Rec was a stunning found footage film, a great piece of horror that brought genuine chills to a franchise obsessed with remaking everything. Quarantine is a mediocre remake at best, the film is a bit entertaining, but as a fan of Rec, I don't think that this film stands out and doesn't deliver the thrills that the original gave its viewers. Quarantine is a film to watch only if you're totally bored. If you want the total effect of a memorable and watchable horror film, then give Rec a view. If you're looking for genuine scares watching this remake, you may be disappointed as the script suffers from the usual jump scares cliché, and in the end it doesn't make Quarantine a worthy film to watch. Add to that a mediocre cast, and you've got another forgettable remake on your hands. Watch Rec instead.
March 20, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This movie is only good if you have your sound system cranked up with dim lights. Watched it in the movie theaters and scared the crap out of me... watch it at home, not so much. But still, it's a B-movie. Too bad they spoil the ending. I'll leave it up to you to figure out how.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Angela Vidal: They are not gonna come and get us! THEY ARE NOT gonna come and get us!
    – Submitted by Nick P (3 years ago)
    1. Angela Vidal: THE LIGHT! THE LIGHT! THE LIGHT!
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
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