Case 1017 - Another Viral Campaign?

March 17, 2008
Source: SlashFilm

Case 1017

It's a terribly slow news day today thanks to St. Patrick, so after scouring the web, the only thing I could come up with is a new viral video that may (or may not) have something to do with a movie. SlashFilm pointed us towards today's most popular YouTube video, simply titled Case 1017. It's a quick 45 second video that shows a CDC truck and shooting at an apartment building in some city. That's about as much as we know, but I'm very curious to find out whether this is actually for a movie or just a YouTube stunt?

The word going around currently is that it might have something to do with Screen Gems' movie Quarantine, which is an American remake of the cult horror hit [Rec]. Here is the official plot synopsis for Quarantine:

Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.

If you read the description on the YouTube page, the guy who submitted it talks about being fired from his government job because of posting these videos (with more to come). He found a box with a tape dated 3/11/08 and decided to show it. Any thoughts on what it might be?

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments


Yeah someone posted this on one of the Cloverfield forums I go to and they thought it might be part 2. I doubt it but it would be really badass if it was Quarantine.. I loved [Rec]. So I dunno...

CSpuppydog on Mar 17, 2008


I think it is a viral campaign for the movie called "The Happening" sounds and looks like it.

Jonny Quest on Mar 17, 2008


I agree with Comment 2. Would make sense that it's The Happening. I'm really looking forward to the film.

brian on Mar 17, 2008


sure looks like viral to me. but i don't know, it doesn't feel like it's for "the happening" to me. please keep us posted on this.

craziemutant on Mar 18, 2008


I dont think that Shamalan would do a viral in this way, to blunt. He would try something more sutle and errie. I think Quarrintine is a dam good guess. Cloverfeild 2...i could only wish Cloverheads keep the hopes high but i think it is to early for a sequal.

Ripper on Mar 18, 2008


I don't think it's The Happening either. M. Night tends to bank on his name, and not the viral stuff, to sell his movies.

Christine on Mar 18, 2008


No way is it Cloverfield 2 lol JJ Abrams is still doing Star Trek isn't he. Who knows what it is, but i don't want another cameo film too soon. It will ruin what made cloverfield so speicla.

Stuart Mellor on Mar 18, 2008


It definitely a Viral. Sound is just way too good and they show just enough to keep you was very well thought out. I like the guess for Quarantine, though I've never heard of it myself.

maverick on Mar 18, 2008


any way you can put this in your standard format Alex??? I cant view the trailers like this....thanks...

cornholio_by_the_sea on Mar 18, 2008


yea, that's what i was thinking. it's too well editted and pro looking to be just some regular joe's video.

craziemutant on Mar 18, 2008


Just an Update for Cloverheads, Paramount is making a major game for nex gen Consoles of Cloverfield. Check out the Cloverfield board here at I am pretty sure it will end up being Quarrintine but nowadays who knows. Mabye O DAM i didnt think of it before but it could be for George A Remaro's NEW Zombie flick Diary of the Dead which is shot Cloverfield style and is about the Begining of the End. Just a though it is all just speculation at this point.

Ripper on Mar 19, 2008


thanks for the clover link. but if it's for a zombie movie, i would think that the clip would be of human offense rushing in to rid the zombies not blocking the area off. and why would there be a guy with a gun in a window? and on top of that, the people getting "excited" about seeing him in the window.

craziemutant on Mar 19, 2008


I think the "guy with the gun in a window" is supposed to be a police/government/MIB/whatever sniper. The way I interpreted that scene was that someone was trying to get out of the locked-down building and the sniper (in another building across the street) shot them before they could get out.

Joel on Mar 20, 2008


ok, there's the locked-down area(in the center) a building to the left, and a building to the right. the camera man goes higher to see if they can see over the canvas walls. but since they got higher, they saw someone in the left building(probably an evacuated building, therefore he shouldn't still be in there). then they hear a gunshot from the right side. looks over to see a snipe in a window. then they get caught. which means they shouldn't be in the fourth building(diagonal of the locked-down area). what are we looking at here? doesn't seem like a zombie-related matter to me but more of a Quarrintine-related matter. i don't know much about both movies mentioned here, but it seems more Quarrintine than Zombie. anyone else see something different or more?

craziemutant on Mar 20, 2008


Over at Aint't It Cool, they posted a new link for a possible Terminator viral campaign. In one of those videos there is a newspaper headline with something about the CDC closing a hospital in the future. Maybe a link? Unless the CDC is the new CIA/FBI movie boogieman. Other than the CDC link, I really can't see what this would have to do with a Terminator film, *IF* that is what the other videos are actually about.

R on Mar 21, 2008


Yeah. I think it has to do with M. Night's movie, "The Happening," with Marky Mark.

Marty duh Marine on Mar 21, 2008


There's nothing that this clip and REC have in common, except for the shaky camera. BTW don't waste your time on the remake, watch the original which is awesome

billyss on Mar 23, 2008


Nah, not for Diary of the Dead, that came out a month ago, and the premise was a film student filming the zombie attacks. The footage was too good almost.

Allen on Mar 23, 2008


There is also about 17 postings under EricsVideoBlog, and one of them links you to this blog...

Allen on Mar 23, 2008

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