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Quarantine (2008)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  10 October 2008 (USA)
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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.



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A television reporter 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. Written by Screen Gems

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On March 11 2008, the government sealed off an apartment complex in Los Angeles. The residents were never seen again. No details. No witnesses. No evidence. Until now. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violent and disturbing content, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quarantined  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,211,321 (USA) (10 October 2008)


£937,833 (UK) (5 December 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In October 2008 Knott's Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, California, had a Quarantine-themed walk-through "maze" for the park's 36th annual Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. It was their third movie-themed Halloween Haunt maze, after Beowulf (2007) and The Grudge 2 (2006). See more »


When the bio-suited CDC doctors enter the building, you hear the sounds of a self-contained breathing apparatus. However, the doctors are wearing standard gas masks with NBC filters, which are almost silent and don't use an external air supply. However, on the DVD/Blu-ray commentary for this film, the director/executive producer explain that because there was no musical score for this picture, they chose to "score" it using sound effects throughout. This is evidenced on the filmmaker commentary in the above scene, where the filmmakers further discuss the process by which the post-production sound department began creating sound effects as soon as the film editing process began, thus allowing the editor to "test out different breathing sounds" to see what worked best for dramatic effect. One could deduce that the sound effects used were intentionally inaccurate so as to add to the suspense of the moment rather than to be factually accurate. See more »


Griffin: [camera is on him in the shower] You know, I hope that's a wide-angle lens.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, the sound of the camera shutting down can be heard, signaling the end of the tape. See more »


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User Reviews

definitely not boring
12 February 2009 | by (Latvia) – See all my reviews

May be my vote is so high, because I haven't seen the original, however it makes my judgment more objective, because I didn't have to compare anything except other horror movies, which use cheap camera from first person, which seems like is a new trend of all horror movies. And this is the only thing I don't like - may be the movie would not be so capturing if it would be taken in classic style, in other words, in my opinion such technique does not make so much effort from the director to make the scenes scary. On the other hand, due to lack of frame cutting there is very high pressure on actors. Whatever some here comment that they did not like the play of leading actress, I think she was very good, surprisingly good for quite unknown actress. Perhaps many thought that those hysteria scenes were exaggerated, but I'm sure that people in similar situations act exactly so disconnectedly. It seems that Jay Hernandez is slowly gaining his future popularity and I have nothing against it, he has quite good potential.

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