PR2: Same Film, Different Time and Place
Rec and Quarantine Research Task
Find out the following information:
Year of Production
Box office takings
JaumeBalaguero, Paco Plaza
John Erick Dowdle
Read the interviews with John Erick Dowdle and JaumeBalaguero and answer the following
1. Explain JaumeBalagoro’s reasons for making REC in a handheld, documentary style and Is it a
coincidence that Cloverfield and Diary of Deadwere released at the same time, or does it
relate to audience demand for horror filmed in this style?
One of the reasons for Jaume Balagoro making REC in a handheld documentary style was because
of trends. Around that time films such as clover field and the first paranormal activity was
released. REC was following this trend.
2. Why do you think Screen Gems, the distributors of Quarantine wanted to get the remake
out so quickly?
I think Screen Gems wanted to remake REC quickly because of how well REC did with the
European audience. They wanted to get the film out to a wider audience so they made it in
English. This was to maximise the profits.
For your article, you need to consider why film production companies produce remakes and the
factors that influence those remakes.
Factors which influenced the remake of REC
Genre and popularity
Synergy (related products such as DVD’s/books/TShirts)
Vertical integration (where a film company deals with the production, distribution and
consumption of a film)
In your magazine article you will need to comment upon all of the above
In the box below, write your introduction to your article. Use your findings from Task 1 and 2 to
P2 describe the
M2 explain the relationship
between films and their
production contexts with
reference to detailed
illustrative examples and
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D2 comprehensively explain the
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To maximise profits of films they do remakes of them. For example they have done this
with the film REC, and remade into the film Quarantine.
REC’s director were Jaume Balagueroo and Paco plaza. The film spent around 2million and got
$32,492,948 (Worldwide). The director decided to shoot the movie all handheld. The plot synopsis is
a girl and her friend is making a documentary on what it’s like to work for the fire services, when they
get called out to an apartment block. They originally just go to help out an old woman who has been
heard screaming from her apartment. When they get to her, she attacks a fireman who then changes
into a demonic creature also. The rest of the film is about getting out of the apartment block safely
without being attacked by more demonic people. It was filmed in Spanish with English subtitles.
The director of Quarantine was John Erick Dowdle. The release date was the 21st November 2008
and the distributor was Screen Gems. The budget was estimated at around $12,000,000.
The overall box office takings were $14,211,321 (USA) and £937,833 (UK). Quarantine was filmed in
a handheld style. This is the way REC was filmed. To fit the narrative they had to do it handheld as it
was a documentary style film. The plot to Quarantine was exactly the same as REC. Reviews have
said that Quarantine was more exaggerated and over the top than REC. Some have even said this
was purposely done to make REC look like a better film, therefore getting
P4. Production Contexts
I think the reason Quarantine was produced so soon after REC was for finacial reasons. They realised
that REC did well throughout the european audience and it was in spanish. So to release it in english
was getting it out there to a wider audience. Both REC and Quarantine are the same genre therefor
they have the same target audience. The trend between them both is that they are both made in the
hand held style.
Screen gems are a subsidary of sony. Sony are a verical integration company which is why REC was
promoted so well. Synergy