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Grim, grisly horror film only for mature viewers.
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Extensive depiction of extreme circumstances of horror as the dwindling survivors in a quarantined apartment building are attacked by the victims of the virus; the outside world not only fails to offer help but actively shoots and attacks any of the people desperately trying to get out. Mention of "doomsday cults" and "nuclear, biological, and chemical" attacks.

Positive role models

A mixed bag; the heroes are good role models, but most of the others are not.


Near-constant, unrelenting horror violence, gore, and tension. The victims of a genetically engineered virus become aggressive, biting and attacking anyone in their path; there are also shootings, fatal falls, bludgeoning, and beatings. The film's central conceit that all the action is being filmed by a news crew leads to a scene in which an infected berserker is literally beaten to death with the camera. Animals are seen attacking humans; animals are seen eviscerated. Wounds and injuries are depicted with grim realism.


Some sexual innuendo and implied off-screen nudity; a firefighter bets he can "bang" a reporter before the end of the night.


Relatively infrequent strong language includes "damn," "s--t," "f--k," and more.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A character is clearly drunk; another character offers his Vicodin stash to help a veterinarian try to aid injured characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror movie is absolutely terrifying, full of gore and terror and violence. Grisly wounds are shown in great detail, and tension builds to a fever pitch. The victims -- hungry, angry, mindless zombie-like creatures -- are the stuff that nightmares are made of. Parents should also know that the film's style -- all of the action is seen through the lens of a single news camera as it follows a group of firefighters on a "routine" call -- makes for an upsetting, frenetic, and intense viewing experience. There's also some swearing and sexual innuendo.

What's the story?

In Los Angeles, a reporter and cameraman for a late-night cable program called Night Shift are shadowing a group of firefighters during their evening at the firehouse. Dispatched on a call, the TV crew and firefighters soon find themselves locked in an apartment building, where a report of an injured woman soon becomes a nightmare: A super-virulent form of rabies begins leaping from the injured woman to other residents of the building and attacking the remaining uninfected survivors. Trapped between blood-hungry monsters on the inside and the threat of death from the outside, will our heroes survive?

Is it any good?


A virtual shot-for shot remake of the Spanish horror film [REC], QUARANTINE is a brutal, terrifying, and wrenchingly tense horror film. Some might say that horror films are pretty much the same, but the fact is that there are well-made examples of the genre and badly made examples of the genre, and Quarantine delivers superbly constructed, remarkably effective scares. The "camera's-eye view" technique constantly plunges viewers into the thick of things and also means that there's always some fresh terror ready to be dragged into view with a simple turn of the camera.

While the characters aren't much more than generic caricatures -- the plucky reporter (Jennifer Carpenter), the stalwart cameraman (Steve Harris), the tough fireman (Jay Hernandez), the conveniently well-informed veterinarian (Gregg Germann), and more -- but the real appeal of Quarantine is the film's concept and its execution, which is superbly handled and never flinches from going for the jugular with scares and gore. Quarantine is far smarter than it looks -- for example, when the outside word cuts off power to the building, it not only heightens the tension but also creates a legitimate reason for Harris' character to keep carrying the camera (which has a light on top) around as the infected victims attack. Quarantine plays like a feature-length version of the initial outbreak that most modern zombie films gloss over in their first five minutes. If you're a horror fan, it's just your kind of nightmare; if you're not a horror fan, it's not a film you'll enjoy or appreciate.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why zombie-style films are so popular. What anxieties do they speak to?

  • How have modern "zombie" movies changed from the original examples of the genre?

  • Also, do you think the movie's single-camera technique makes the film

  • more frightening, or is it a gimmick designed to cover up a weak,

  • familiar plot?

  • Families can also discuss the film's scenario -- what law enforcement

  • and medical procedures are in place in the event of a biological

  • emergency? Would they be effective?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 10, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:February 17, 2009
Cast:Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter, Johnathon Schaech
Director:John Erick Dowdle
Studio:Screen Gems
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:bloody violent and disturbing content, terror and language.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn April 7, 2012

Heart stopping horror film is definitely not for the weak of stomach

Quarantine is an aolmostly shcokingly effective, scary and intense horror film that the faint of heart and weak of stomach should definitely skip. But, that's not to say that it won't appeal to teenage horror movie fans as much as adult fans, because it will. Now, what makes Quarantine so heart-stoppingly intense and brutal to watch is the fact that it all feels so real. It is one of those found-footage films, and definitely one of the better ones out there in the genre (especially when you consider that this film came out about a year before the Paranormal Activity film did), and a lot of the claustrophobia just adds to the overall effect of them, and even more surprising is that the cast, headlined by Jennifer Carpenter, actually all do a equally very good job at conveying an absolutely palpable sense of fear and terror, and that it pretty much literally holds you right there in your seat until the films final reel. Yeah, it's that good. But, this film is Rated R and there are a few things that parents should definitely know and be made aware of before they even think about letting there children watch this movie: There is frequent strong horror violence and gore, including some very disturbing images of terror, including many people being shot repeatedly, a young infected child being brutally beaten to death on screen with the actual camera used to film the entire movie (!), along with other very gruesome shots of infected people chomping on the survivors, ripping there throats out and otherwise mutilating them. Also prevalent in the film, is frequent profanity, including uses of sh-t, f--k, hell, a--h-le, g-dd-mn, d-mn and more. So, if you are a big horror fan like me, and you enjoy the found footage genre, than I think that you should definitely check this awesome horror movie out. Reccomended.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byEmilyB123 October 1, 2010
This was a good movie if you don't mind seeing a lot of blood and gore. The bloody images didn't really disturb me either. I think that mature teens will be able to get through the movie but people who can't handle gore need to skip this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove April 6, 2013

Not as I hoped...

This film wasn't near as good as I'd hoped from the reviews. I'm a huge horror buff, but this one wasn't very exciting. Just a lot of people in groups freaking out during the first half. I don't like zombie movies that much, so that may have been the main factor. The camera is shaky throughout the whole movie, which eventually got annoying. There are very dark scenes with lots of action, so it's hard to make out what's going on in some situations. It was very predictable too, felt like a late night made-for-TV reality show or something. It's not something I'd watch again, but two stars for the idea and for the realistic acting. Violence is very very very strong and gory. Language is strong with many "f" words and more. Sexual content is mild with one crude remark and some mild innuendo. Wouldn't let teens under 15 see this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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