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''Quarantine'' is a FoundFootage zombie film. It's the US nearly-ShotForShotRemake of the Spanish horror film ''Film/{{REC}}''.

News reporter Angela Videl (Creator/JenniferCarpenter) is trailing a local squad of firemen when they get called to a nearby apartment complex. Unbeknownst to them, Angela and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) end up filming the discovery and progression of an apparent zombie outbreak, which forces the CDC and military to seal off the building, trapping everyone inside.

In 2011, a sequel, ''Quaratine 2: Terminal'', was released, that is completely unrelated to any of the ''Film/{{REC}}'' movies.
!!''Quarantine'' contains examples of:

* ApocalypticLog: The [[FoundFootage film itself]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Henry in Quarantine 2.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted twice in that [[spoiler: the cameraman is black, and so survives most of the movie, while of the two policemen, the white dude is the first one to get zombified.]]
* BlatantLies: When the remaining survivors gather together in a room, every single one of them says that they aren't infected.
* CameraAbuse: And ''how''. At one point, it's actually used as a weapon.
* ClosedCircle: Enforced. One guy rips open the plastic sheeting that the Center for Disease Control has put over the building and gets ''shot by a sniper'' for his troubles.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Most of the deaths. Some much worse then others.
* DeadLineNews: Angela becomes the unwitting first line correspondent of a zombie outbreak.
* DeathByPragmatism: An aggravating instance of it. [[spoiler: Randy]] declares he's going back to his apartment and lock himself in. As soon as he gets off the elevator, he encounters an infected dog and runs back into the elevator. The dog follows.
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler: Since the cause of the virus was changed from the biological cause of demonic possession to a rabies-like rage virus for the remake, the Medeiros girl from the original film becomes a generic zombie (albeit a taller one) in this film.]]
* {{Demythification}}: Unlike in the original film, where TheVirus is hinted to be [[spoiler:a form of demonic posession (later confirmed in the sequel)]], the plague in ''Quarantine'' is [[spoiler:a strain of rabies fabricated by a doomsday cult]].
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: For the first 15-20 minutes, the movie is focused on just hanging around a fire station filming a documentary called "The Night Shift". Then the fire department is called to the apartment complex and the film shifts into gear.
* DownerEnding:
** The last shot of the film is [[spoiler:the lead character being dragged into the darkness]]. Or, rather than illuminating the spoiler, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil look at the top of this page]].
** [[spoiler: In ''Quarantine 2'', the female lead sacrifices herself to save a kid who manages to escape. However, a cat is seen walking around carrying the infection.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: The victims of TheVirus.
* FinalGirl:
** [[spoiler: Angela. Subverted in that she doesn't make it.]]
** [[spoiler: Jenny in Part 2 doesn't make it either.]]
* ForeignRemake: Of the Spanish film ''Film/{{REC}}''.
* FromBadToWorse: Systematically, every time the situation seems to get somewhat under control, [[spoiler: all hell breaks loose.]]
* FoundFootageFilms: The first film involves the InUniverse recording of a "behind the scenes" special on a firefighter brigade that runs into the TechnicallyLivingZombie situation.
* GenreBlind: At least half the carnage could have been avoided if the characters had simply closed the doors behind them or restrained the people who had been bitten. They can kind of get away with it when they don't know what was happening, but once it's made clear, they still fall victim to the genre. Even the CDC officials, who know exactly what's going on, are shockingly genre blind.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In the sequel, played straight then subverted. [[spoiler: The CDC officer shoots himself a split second after the camera changes its focus, then, towards the end of the movie, Jennie bashes in the head of an infected Henry with a metal bar with every gory detail shown.]]
* HollywoodDarkness: Played with. The lights in the building go out much earlier than in ''Film/{{REC}}'', shrouding the cast in darkness, but the lights coming into the apartments from outside preserve the trope.
* HopeSpot:
** Near the end of the first film it's mentioned there is maybe a way out of the building through the sewer system. [[spoiler:The keys are on the top of the building. None of the survivors make it down again.]]
** The second film has an even stronger one: [[spoiler: Henry is a member of the doomsday cult that created the virus, and has the anti-virus with him. Unfortunately for him, the virus has evolved to be resistant to the anti-virus... ''not even the men who engineered the damn thing are safe''.]]
* IdiotBall: After seeing the little girl is infected and attacked her mother, the cop (so far, probably the most competent of the cast) decides to try to reason with her while she stands there, covered in blood, giving a SlasherSmile. His last words are "give me your hand."
* ImprovisedWeapon: Notably, the [[CameraAbuse video camera]], at one point.
* InUniverseCamera: Understandably because it's a found footage film, the entire movie is filmed through the camera that Scott is carrying.
* [[IveNeverSeenAnythingLikeThisBefore I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before]]: Straight and {{subverted}} with Lawrence, who is a vet. [[spoiler:The virus turns out to be similar to rabies.]]
* JitterCam: Seeing as this is an American production, the amount of jitter in this remake is so intense, it puts the ''[[Film/TheBourneIdentity Jason Bourne]]'' films to shame.
* JumpScare: Quite a few.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Not a single person inside the building survives, be it because of infection or otherwise.]]
* LittlestCancerPatient: Averted. The little girl is a ZombieInfectee.
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: The reporter, explaining everything that we see to the camera.
* MsFanservice: Angela wears a white tank top after discaring layers of clothing and tight pants by the end of the movie.
%%* NeckSnap
* NotAZombie: The cops refuse to accept that the people are becoming zombies, even after being all but told this outright. [[spoiler: The last one dies when he turns his back on a zombie ''he knows is there'', for no good reason.]]
%%* NotUsingTheZedWord
%%* NothingIsScarier
* OhCrap: Angela, when she makes the connection between Briana's story of her sick dog and the health inspector's story about the infected dog who became violent...
* OpenHeartDentistry: First aid is provided by the only resident with medical experience: a veterinarian, who notices the virus's similarity to rabies.
* PoliceAreUseless: Like in the original, one of the cops is the first one to get infected by the old lady. Though in this case, the police [[GenreSavvy are at least trying to keep their distance from the old lady and ready to shoot to kill]] (though not for the expected reasons - American policing isn't as laid back and carefree as Spanish one, and it shows).
* PoorCommunicationKills: Repeatedly.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:The attic room, with walls covered in newspaper clippings]]
%%* ShootTheShaggyDog
* SoMuchForStealth: When the reporter and her cameraman try to evade the creepy girl in the dark, of course they give their location away by knocking something over.
* SoundOnlyDeath: [[spoiler: The man who backs into the closing elevator, chased down by a zombie dog.]]
* StairwellChase: Several, as the infected increase in number.
* SyntheticPlague: The rabies infecting everyone in the building is revealed to be [[spoiler:a "super rabies" created by an apocalyptic cult.]]
* TitleDrop: The CDC blockading the building on both films explicitly tell the survivors that they are under quarantine. When they try to get out anyway, it turns out to be QuarantineUnderExtremePrejudice.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The last shot of the movie is in the trailer, the official site, one-sheet and DVD cover as well as the lack of any survivors being stated in all those forms.
* UnbreakableWeapons: The camera that was used to beat a zombie dead, lens first and hit by a zombie several times without so much as messing with the video quality, let alone damaging it.
* TheUnreveal: The origin of the virus is implied to have something to do with "the man from Boston," who has newspaper clippings about a Doomsday virus on his wall. When the survivors discover a dictation machine in his room, you'd assume that it would reveal the virus's origins and the man's motives, but the speed is set too low to be comprehensible. Rather than adjust the speed, the survivors simply abandon it, leaving the details unknown until the sequel. The newspaper clippings supply enough information to piece together the story, which the sequel expands.
* VaderBreath: The CDC personnel.
* TheVirus: What makes the zombies.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:We see a dog running from the building when Angela and the firemen arrive.]] [[TheEndOrIsIt Uuhhhh oh.]]