QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL
The airplane thriller horror movie took off for a time around this period. There were a number of genre-related efforts, especially after Snakes on a Plane (2006), although these tended more to the ridiculous than the effective as in Tail Sting (2002) with mutant scorpions on a plane, Swarm (2007) with ants on a plane and Lost in the Pacific (2016) with mutant cats on a plane. Surprisingly enough, the zombies on a plane concept had been done before with Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007), although Quarantine 2 does let down on this somewhat and has the plane land soon into the film and most of the action thereafter take place in the terminal.
Quarantine 2: Terminal doesnt concern itself much with adherence to Quarantine. There is the nominal connection in that this is clearly located in its aftermath of the quarantining of the L.A. apartment as seen on a tv news clip. It also follows on from the explanation for the outbreak offered in Quarantine when we find out that the virus was created by a doomsday cult. It also dispenses with the Found Footage concept that was used in Quarantine and all but one of the [Rec] films and is shot as a regular dramatic film although we do have one scene towards the end where Mercedes Masöhn is trying to locate her way using a thermal imaging camera, as in the climaxes of both Quarantine and [Rec]. This film largely does its own thing, although it can be seen that the scenes with the survivors sealed into the terminal are analogous to the plot in both Quarantine and [Rec] that had survivors locked into the apartment building by the CDC as their numbers are infected/attacked.
Quarantine 2: Terminal works reasonably effectively in the scenes aboard the plane in the sense of survivors having to deal with the spread of something horrific while in a confined space. Unfortunately, the film is never as challenging as Flight of the Living Dead in locating the entire film aboard such a confined space. Fully two-thirds of Quarantine 2 is located in the terminal. In these scenes, the film travels in far more standard directions and proves to be no more than a regular zombie film with survivors trying to flee as their numbers become infected.
John G. Pogue previously wrote the screenplays for U.S. Marshals (1998), The Skulls (2000), Ghost Ship (2002) and Rollerball (2002) and subsequently went on to direct the true-life ghost story The Quiet Ones (2014) for the revived Hammer Films.