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31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

Occasionally a film comes along that is well received, that a sequel in instantly ordered, in order to capitalize on the momentum of the original.  Other times, a film is so original that it spawns remakes.  Sometimes, the remake is produced in an entirely different country and language (see Japan’s recent remakes of Sideways (Saidoweizu) and Ghost (Ghost: Mouichido Dakishimetai), for example).

Often times, a sequel or remake will match, or in some cases surpass, the excitement found in the original (see Aliens, Spiderman 2, or Godfather 2 for more examples).

Other times, you have today’s film.

In 2007, spanish directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza gave us [REC], a brilliantly crafted found footage film.  It quickly was followed by an American remake in 2008 titled Quarantine, from John Erick Dowdle, and a direct sequel from Balagueró in 2009 titled [REC]2.

The US remake closely followed the original in story, style, and direction.  It was as equally frightening and enjoyable as the original, much in the same way Let Me In (2010) was to Let the Right One In (2008).

Why then, did they go the direction they did with the US sequel?

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 25: Quarantine 2 – Terminal

quarantine_two_terminalDirector: John Pogue
Year: 2011
Cast: Mercedes Masöhn, Josh Cooke, Mattie Liptak, Noree Victoria, Erin Smith
Language: English
Country: United States
Specs: 89 mins. / Color / OAR 1.78.1 / MPAA Rating: R
Rating: ★★ / D

A deadly virus infects the members of an airliner, causing a quarantine to be placed on the jumbo jet and its inhabitants.  The infected must work together in an attempt to overcome the virus, and escape safe and sound.

B-level acting, absurd character actions (the sneezing scene alone is worthy of a Razzie), and horrible camera work are only the beginning that I found wrong with this film.  The most bewildering aspect of the film was Pogue’s lack of style.  Jump cuts, extremely close and crazy close-ups, simply amateurish staging, and consistent shaky-cam are all inconsistent enough to bother even the most die-hard fan of those music video hold-overs.

If the script were any better, I may attempt to overlook those aforementioned problematic elements.  Instead, it simply adds to the unfortunate air of a student film that this production delivers.  For instance, why during a power outage does the plane also lose its power?  How is it possible for a lockdown of that magnitude to be instituted that quickly?  How did the airport possibly know that the airplane was infected?  Why was this film completely unrelated to the first film?  Why did they not follow the storyline of the sequel to [REC]?

If you want to see how NOT to make a sequel, then by all means give this a rental.  Otherwise, get the superior spanish language [REC]2 instead.  You won’t regret it.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 30 – Night of the Creeps

Only two days left in October, which means only two more films to review!  I went back and forth on what the final two ought to be.  Of course, the temptation to do “Halloween” and “Halloween II” were there, but I opted to pass on those classics.  “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” also was an option, but again, I decided to avoid the John Carpenter series entirely.

Instead, I chose two films that were films I had never seen before, but heard of.  I did watch a few more films than needed, as I desired to get as many films in as possible.  Of course, “Suspiria”, “[REC]” (an excellent film from Spain, which was remade here as the equally impressive “Quarantine”), “Paranormal Activity” (another excellent film which, as did the previous film, saw a sequel this year), and “Zombieland” were films I could have reviewed, as I watched those as well.  In the end, however, I decided to stick with a theme of sorts.

With that, I give you…

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 30

Film #30


~ Night of the Creeps ~

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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 29 – Night of the Demons

As I had watched “Night of the Comet”, I knew that I would have to also watch today’s film.  I’d heard what a cult classic today’s film was, having numerous sequels and a recent remake (starring Shannon Elizabeth and Edward Furlong) to take credit for.  It also starred one of the famous “scream queens”, as Fangoria Magazine has called her, and hadn’t ever seen one of her films for which she acquired the illustrious moniker.

In addition, I wanted to try to include at least a couple films in this 31 Days of 31 Horror Films blog, and there are very limited amounts of films that involve trick-or-treat festivities, other than the famous series of films titled “Halloween”.

I wasn’t sure if I should view the remake, as it’s very recent and likely to be a film movie fans haven’t see yet.  When it came down to the wire, however, I decided the original that started it all was the only way to go.

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 29

Film #29


~ Night of the Demons ~

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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 28 – Night of the Comet

I remember as a youth that my cousin loved today’s film, even considering it one of the best zombie films ever.  I, however, had never seen the film.  I’m not entirely sure why, as I remember hearing about it throughout my childhood.

Perhaps I had gotten all the “Night of the” films (“Night of the Living Dead”, “Night of the Iguana”, “Night of the Blood Monster”, etc.) confused, and wasn’t sure which one to rent when I went to the local video rental mom and pop.

Because I’ve never seen most of the “Night of the” films (even though they are not related), I decided to give this one a look for today’s review.

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 28

Film #28


~ Night of the Comet ~

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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Movies

 

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