Quarantine (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Quarantine (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.more
Rating: R (for bloody violence and disturbing content, terror and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle, Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró, Luis A. Berdejo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Box Office: $31.7M
Screen Gems - Official Site


Jennifer Carpenter
as Angela Vidal
Steve Harris
as Scott Percival
Johnathon Schaech
as George Fletcher
Columbus Short
as Danny Wilensky
Andrew Fiscella
as James McCreedy
Rade Serbedzija
as Yuri Ivanov
Greg Germann
as Lawrence
Elaine Kagan
as Wanda Marimon
Joey King
as Briana
Stacy Chbosky
as Elise Jackson
Jeannie Epper
as Ms. Espinoza
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem
as Wounded Woman
Christian Svensson
as Armed Guard
Donovan Scott
as Armed Guard
Michael Potter
as Chief of Police
Jane Park Smith
as News Reporter
Craig Susser
as Hazmat Guard
Bert Jernigan
as Hazmat Guard
John Meier
as Repelling Guard
Troy M. Gilbert
as Rebelling Guard
Shawn Driscoll
as Firefighter
Bryan Ross
as Firefighter
Robert Hall
as Puppeteer
Ben Stockham
as Infected Child
Mike Hyland
as Video Guy
Ben Messmer
as Griffin
Christian Svensson
as Armed Guard
Troy M. Gilbert
as Rebelling Guard
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Critic Reviews for Quarantine

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

'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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Quarantine

Predictable but not bad. I really dont have much more to add.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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