By Michael Lerman | "Lincoln Blogs" by Michael Lerman October 11, 2008 at 6:58AM
I had the pleasure of catching the midnight show of the Screen Gems release Quarantine last night and while others may be ragging on this as just another first-person camera zombie movie (and a remake of the fantastic Spanish film REC to boot), I wanted to make my two-cents pitch for why you should see this purely cinematic experience. What Quarantine lacks in substance and originality (it is a remake after all), it more than makes up for in scare factor. The film, with its rich soundscape and impeccable sense of timing, is completely terrifying. The Brothers Dowdle, the team responsible for last year's The Poughkeepsie Tapes, have really begun to carve out a niche for themselves in being the best at first-person camera horror movies. This subgenre will always be remembered as the effectiveness of The Blaire Witch Project being beaten over the head by twenty other titles, but when all is said and done, John Erik and Drew Dowdle will emerge as some of the best talent it has to offer. See it now while you can still witness it unify a full house in screams.
That's for everyone in the country, but if you live in New York, I also wanted to mention that The Flaherty Seminar is leading off their Anthology Film Archives screening series on Monday with the New York debut of the avant-garde films of Oliver Husain. Husain, a German-Indian artist, brings to life his unique views migration and globalization. Make sure to check it out.