In the flick Quarantine, a U.S. remake of a Spanish horror movie hitting theaters in October, vampirism is a disease. A disease that a Homeland Security-style group is bent on containing at all costs. And hey, if a few journalists are killed along the way, that's all the better. There's the premise of the movie in a nutshell. A house in an urban area is quarantined by "rescue forces," who don't seem to mind that they've trapped a couple of reporters inside with the snaggle-toothed scaryfaces.
The overt homage to Blair Witch Project throws up a red flag for me, not because Blair Witch wasn't fun, but just because I'm tired of watching scared chicks breathe heavily into a camera while barely-seen boogies hover menacingly off-screen. What excites me about the premise is the idea that this film is really about the failings of Homeland Security, which has left disaster victims to die in their homes enough times recently to spawn a whole season of horror movies. And while the idea of vampirism as an exotic disease isn't new, the vampire herself is genuinely scary. When Halloween month comes, I'll be lining up for this one.
In the meantime, we can all watch the original, called [Rec]. The U.S. version is written by Jaume Balagueró, the same guy who wrote and directed the Spanish version.