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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Produced by Roy Lee
Doug Davison
Sergio Aguero
Carlos Fernández[1]
Julio Fernández[1]
Clint Culpepper
Written by John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
Based on the motion picture:
[REC] written by
Jaume Balagueró
Luis A. Berdejo
Paco Plaza
Starring Jennifer Carpenter
Jay Hernandez
Columbus Short
Greg Germann
Steve Harris
Dania Ramirez
with Rade Šerbedžija
and Johnathon Schaech
Music by Pilar McCurry
Cinematography Ken Seng
Editing by Elliott Greenburg
Studio Vertigo Entertainment
Andale Pictures
Filmax Entertainment
Distributed by Screen Gems[2]
Release date(s) October 10, 2008 (United States)
November 21, 2008 (United Kingdom)
January 9, 2009 (Spain)
Running time 89 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Gross revenue $41,270,236[3]

Quarantine is a 2008 American horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Steve Harris, Rade Šerbedžija, Greg Germann, Bernard White, and Johnathon Schaech. The film is a remake of the Spanish horror film REC and is almost an entire shot for shot remake with a few exceptions such as added scenes and dialogue.[4] It is filmed in the "found footage" style and was released on October 10, 2008 by Screen Gems. The film features no incidental music, being "scored" only with sound effects.[5] The film received a mixed reaction from critics.



On the early morning of March 11, 2008, a television reporter named Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman, Scott Percival (Steve Harris), are assigned to follow two firemen on their night shift. They are given a brief tour of the fire department, but an emergency call from an apartment building sends the crew out to investigate. When they arrive, the caller says that he and the other residents heard screams from an old woman named Mrs. Espinoza who locked herself in her own apartment room. The firemen, police officers, and camera crew go to Mrs. Espinoza's apartment room where she becomes extraordinarily aggressive and bites one of the policemen.

The residents begin to panic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantines the building. Angela interviews a little girl named Briana who lives with her mother and dog in the building. Briana is ill and she says her dog is at the veterinarian because he appeared to be sick as well. A health inspector wearing a hazmat suit arrives and attempts to treat the injured people who were bitten, but they too become fiercely violent.

The health inspector reveals that sometime during the previous day, a dog with an illness was taken to the veterinarian; the dog became violent and killed other pets at the clinic. The dog was euthanized and was traced back to the apartment building. The inspector tells the distraught residents that this unknown but virulent disease is infecting people and causing them to turn into bloodthirsty savages. More and more people in the building become infected, and Angela and Scott are forced to fight them off as they search for a way out.

Eventually, Angela and Scott appear to be the only human survivors, everyone else being dead or infected. The two are forced upstairs to the attic by the remaining infected. They search the attic and discover that its former owner was charged with researching and isolating a suspected Armageddon virus. Unfortunately, the virus managed to mutate and become contagious, infecting the man.

The man, now a ghoulishly emaciated figure, begins searching the attic, unaware of Angela and Scott's presence. They try to escape, but are viciously attacked by the man. The final shot of the film depicts Angela being dragged into the darkness, screaming; as shown on the cover the movie.


Marketing and release

Microsoft Pictures launched a viral marketing campaign for the film including a MySpace page,[6] Facebook page[7] and official website.[8] The marketing used commentary advertising the film as based on an American government cover-up. The producers have also commented on producing a video game based on the film.[citation needed]

In a strange decision from the studio, the final scene of the movie, that of the protagonist being dragged backwards by an unseen creature in night-vision, was included in the film's trailer, nearly every television commercial for the film, and even the theatrical release poster.

Quarantine had an initial release date of October 17, 2008, but was moved forward and released on October 10, 2008.[9] Quarantine was released February 17, 2009, on DVD and Blu-Ray.

In Australia, the original release date was November 6, which was pushed back to December 4.


Quarantine, which was not screened for US critics,[10] received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 60% of critics gave positive reviews based on 73 reviews.[11] Metacritic reported the film had an aggregate score of 54/100, based on 10 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[12] Quarantine received a 7/10 from Bloody Disgusting[13] and Fangoria magazine gave the film a 3.5/4.

In Australia, Empire magazine was lukewarm in its response. "Just when you thought it was safe to declare Spanish zombie flick [Rec] one of the year’s best horrors, the Hollywood remake is already squatting upon us." They were critical of the rushed and copied-verbatim style of the remake. They weren't entirely dismissive, however, adding that "it shows the strength of the source that Quarantine still offers a clammy, pulsing, fingernail-scraping experience." They also stated "while Jennifer Carpenter shows she hasn’t lost the lungs from her death-rattling screams in The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, she forever feels like an actress playing a reporter...Any edginess has been painted over with a thick slap of Hollywood gloss, which begs the question: doesn't a slick remake of a reality horror rather defeat the point?" They finished by labeling the film "efficient enough" but that viewers who had already seen [REC] should steer clear.[14]

On its opening day, the film grossed $5,379,867, ranking #1 in the box office.[15] The film opened at #2, earning $14,211,000 in its opening weekend. Its total gross-to-date is: $37 million.[16]

However, the movie was panned by some critics, mostly for its shaky camera style and for over-acting by the lead actress, Jennifer Carpenter. The movie received an especially negative review from The Spoony Experiment, criticizing Carpenter's over-acting and some areas of the story itself.


In March 2010 Screen Gems announced that John Pogue will direct the sequel of the film, which centered an virus explosion in a plane.[17]


  • 2009: Reaper Awards "Best Zombie Film"[18]


  1. ^ a b Quarantine (2008) – Synopsis
  2. ^ Quarantine – Official Site
  3. ^ "Quarantine (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  4. ^ Creepy "Quarantine" Trailer at WorstPreviews
  5. ^ "The Quarantine Episode". Dowdle, John; Dowdle, Drew; SpookyDan. Bloody Disgusting TV. 2008-10-08.
  6. ^ – Quarantine – 27 – Female – Los Angeles, California –
  7. ^ Quarantine | Facebook
  8. ^ Quarantine – Official Site
  9. ^ Quarantine (2008)
  10. ^ "IMDB trivia on Quarantine". 
  11. ^ "Quarantine Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  12. ^ "Quarantine (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  13. ^ "Quarantine (2008): Review". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Empire Online review of Quarantine". 
  15. ^ "Quarantine (2008) - Daily Box Office Result". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  16. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results from 10/10 - 10/12". Box Office Mojo. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  17. ^ Quarantine 2 Ready to Take Flight
  18. ^ Dowdle Brothers Set to Direct Devil for Universal

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