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DVD of the Day #301 - Quarantine

You know, generally when Hollywood Americanizes a film, they tend to royally fuck it up. With Quarantine, the film sticks about 75% to the source material. In fact all they changed was the source of the infection. In REC (which we reviewed yesterday) it was demonic possession disguised as zombiism. With this remake, it’s actually a super fast acting form of rabies. At no point do they play the zombie card, which I love. The swerve here is that the rabies was genetically engineered by a doomsday cult.

Quaratine also features the same creepy looking lady thing at the end of the movie as REC, but it doesn’t make sense considering the source of the disease in this film compared to the original. Well, at least they tried to stay true. In fact, this film as a lot of shot by shot recreations too, which makes me wonder why the Spanish version just didn’t get a theatrical release instead. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this fillm as much as REC as they are noticeably different. For example, I loved that the first 45 boring minutes of REC were condensed into 15 minutes here and the rest of the film was trying to figure out what was killing everyone and why combined with more character to die horribly or get infected.

Both films have their merits and it really paid to watch them back to back as you could really see what the US version changed and why. Although I prefer the cause of what kills everyone in this film, I do prefer the original on the basis of acting and creepiness. Still, if you don’t want to sit through subtitles or a bad English dub, you can forgo REC and see this without any real loss.

Is It Worth Keeping? No, it’s a one-shot.
Rating: 6/10

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