Cloverfield meets Zombies in the latest horror flick ‘Quarantine’ – check out the trailer breakdown here.
The hand-held shaky-cam gets another strong workout in Quarantine, a near scene-for-scene remake of the award-winning Spanish horror/thriller [REC] released last year.
Initially published as ‘zombies’ meets ‘cloverfield’ – the film follows television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) who 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 Wilensky (Columbus Short) and McCreedy (Andrew Fiscella) already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. Unbeknownst to them, a woman has contracted a rare strain of rabies. 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.
True to the legacy of “The Blair Witch Project,” the camera swings more violently and finds odder angles as the tension ratchets up, but there are a few innovations. If Blair Witch gave us swinging shadows and the dripping nostril angle, “Quarantine” adds green night-vision and the on-the-floor cleavage cam. Director John Erick Dowdle’s other dynamic visual touches include the reflecting tape on a fireman’s jacket, which makes a crazy zigzag in the flickering light.
Grim, gory, gooey–and a hugely effective bit of Hollywood hokum–“Quarantine” is a winner that will undoubtedly please horror fans this Halloween season.
Check out the trailer and some choice stills below: