This movie has the shaky camera point of view a la Blair Witch Project. I usually don't like it because it's overdone and kind of cheesy (read Cloverfield), but it was the saving grace of this film. Because the camera man is more concerned about saving his own skin than filming zombie attacks, the camera isn't always where it needs to be to see what's going on. I think the unknown makes this film scarier because whatever is in my head is way more freaky than anything any director can put on a screen. Also, there are a lot of jump-out-and-scare-you moments, which get me every time. The suspense was palpable in scenes where they were exploring the apartment and generally being nosy, as well as in the end of the film. My sister and I clutched at each other for dear life and even screamed. I have never done this in a theater (except for Eight Legged Freaks; it was because I'm afraid of spiders, but that's different). The ending is amazing, except they showed the last frame in the commercials. Why would they do that? I hate that trailers today give everything in the movie away. Anyways, you should really watch this movie because it scared the crap out of me.
Monday, August 31, 2009
A Very Scary Movie
My sister and I saw Quarantine when it came out at the midnight release last year. We are seasoned horror movie viewers and don't scream or squirm at blood or gore. We have seen all the classics, the new remakes, and everything in between. Quarantine, however, came as a big surprise. The premise is this: a reporter and her camera man are following the local fire department overnight for a news story. They all go to a seemingly routine medical emergency, when all hell breaks loose. An old woman attacks healthy strong firemen, who after the attack exibit the same symptoms as the old woman. The doors and windows to the apartment building are locked and sealed by the CDC. Why won't they be let out? What will happen to them?