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31 Days of Horror Day 20: "Tape Everything! You hear me? Tape everything!"

Title of Movie: Quarantine

Actors:Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech

Quotable Line: None that I can remember.

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Released:2008

The Skinny: A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.

The Good: Of the movies I have had the pleasure of reviewing thus far, this is the one that has made me jump the most. I am not one to jump during a scary movie. I jumped no less than ten times throughout the terrifying proceedings!


The actors are excellent in this movie. Jennifer Carpenter was amazing in this movie, starting out cute and perky and...well...you'll see if you give this movie a shot. She is no stranger to being in horror films having been in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and she definitely deserves to be a scream queen after this movie. You almost instantly love her character and don't want anything bad to happen to her. She is that likeable. Jay Hernandez as a firefighter does a great job in the movie as well.

This movie is absolutely terrifying. When it hits the fan about twenty minutes in, prepare yourself for seriously one of the scariest movie I have seen in a long time. The jump scares come fast and with a fury that I have not seen in a movie of this kind. The infected, I really can't call them zombies because they are not to an extent, come off more as victims of the rage virus from the "28 days later" series.

That said, there are moments where you don't know who will turn next, who will get bitten next, and whether that dog in the elevator...never mind I'll let you see for yourself. This is a remake of the Spanish movie [REC]. From what I hear, it is shot for shot pretty much. I have [REC] in my netflix queue so I am curious to see how well this movie matches up to the original.  This one and Cloverfield are my two favorite first person perspective movies. Highly recommended.

The Bad: The movie is shot in the style that was made popular by Blair Witch. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are prone to getting dizzy from stuff like this, there is a lot of jerky movement throughout the movie.

The Ugly: Mrs. Espinosa.

My final verdict: 5 sledge hammers out of 5. A very solid terrifying movie. 


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