PEOPLE: NOT the same director and writer as Cabin Fever 1. Eli Roth has nothing to do with this. This is Ti West. But the thing is, Ti West has disowned this film after making it! Lionsgate apparently re-cut the film to eliminate most camp references, and tacked on another ending. But then he later apparently admitted most of it is exactly how he made it.
Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Carl Jenkins in Roughnecks:Starship Troopers Chronicles) is only in this for a few seconds–don’t be fooled. It’s been years. The main character is Noah Segen (Deadgirl, bit part in Fanboys, the 2007 Picture Of Dorian Gray–not the one we saw). Cute girl Cassie played by Alexi Wasser (Chloe from Melvin Goes To Dinner). Deputy Winston from Cabin Fever 1 is reprised by Giuseppe Andrews (Lex from Detroit Rock City, Jason from American History X, Howard from Pleasantville). Slutty high school stripper played by Regan Deal
Also, one of the actors has the same name as my uncle: Michael Bowen, the principal.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Government executes sick victims.
QUIRKS: Non-serious horror gore. Straight-to-video sequel. High school-based, whereas the first movie was, I believe, college-age-based. People keep saying this has a 1970s or 1980s feel to it, but I didn’t particularly notice.
VISUALS: Interesting animated near-opening and closing segments. Cartooning up the beginning and end helped set the feel for this movie — Don’t take it too seriously. Of course, people bitch about this, or whine that they only did this because they didn’t have enough money, blah blah. But I liked it better that way. Cartoons rule!
SOUNDTRACK: Chosing Ramones‘ “Somebody Put Something In My Drink” was more appropriate here than any movie ever!
MORALS: If you’re a douchebag, your girlfriend might leave you. DERP.
Also: Don’t drink bottled water. haha.
POLITICS: Don’t trust the government to be on your side during an emergency. (See also: Hurricane Katrina.)
GOOD STUFF: Making it high school instead of college actually made it more interesting. It started off slow, mostly about the characters. But y’know? I kinda liked the backstory. It was a good buildup, and then it was mostly, a gore-fest. Some of the vomiting blood was ridiculously perfect-streamed. It definitely made you cringe, and feel grossed out, uncomfortable, and with adrenaline from how horrible this infectious disease was. I think the movie achieved its goal quite well, even if it wasn’t any kind of masterpiece story.
The pacing is really weird: It starts off like a high school comedy / coming-of-age film, and then everything goes apeshit once prom happens. This could be a feature, or a flaw. I kind of enjoyed it, it almost made me feel like I was watching a high school comedy… And then the blood & gore started. Very slow buildup.
There were a lot of outlandish elements included in this… It had some Troma-esque aspects, but with better production and better acting.
BAD STUFF: It definitely had its flaws. It started off slow (but I didn’t mind). There were many cliches, but isn’t that expected?!
CONCLUSION: This really exceeded my expectations. It was kind of slow at first, and more of a comedy… Then it became a total bloodfest. I haven’t felt this uncomfortable since watching Jackass or Saw.
Clint: Netflix: 4.6/5 stars (a low 5 stars). IMDB: 8.4/10 (a high 8).
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. “I don’t like feeling that uncomfortable. This is a different kind of adrenaline. Different from Saw or Hostel or even Jackass. This is more psychological. It deducts a point for freaking me out and making me think my fingernails were falling out.” [That makes me like it more. -Clint]
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 4.5/10 (ouch!), Netflix: 2.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.3/5 stars–cool that it knew we’d like it, even though the majority of people didn’t.).
RECOMMENDATION: Most people seemed to not like it, but most of the hate seemed to come from a few categories of lameness. 1) People who said the original was better, therefore this sucks. It’s a sequel! Besides Star Trek 2, almost every sequel isn’t as good as the original by most people. Who the hell watches a sequel and then gets disappointed when it isn’t as good as the original? C’mon, get real! 2) People who thought it was too disgusting. Uhhh, it’s a horror movie! It’s supposed to make you feel bad! If you want to feel all happy, go watch a comedy or an adventure! You’re in the wrong genre! Oh, you want horror movies to scare you without disgusting you? Those are your own limits; they’re your fault, not the movie’s fault. 3) People who automatically hate it because the director disowned the released version. Uhh — none of you have seen the director’s cut, because it doesn’t exist. So you’re automatically going to hate something over the politics? Lame. 4) People who complained that it was too gross to be a comedy, and too campy to be a horror. You have a valid point, but I still find that close-minded. It’s like, all comedies have to be funny throughout. All horrors have to be horrible throughout. Nothing can be mixed! I guess that explains a factor of why people hate Twilight so much — how dare they mix Vampire/fantasy with angsty teenage romance. I don’t see the Twilight haters hating on all the other angsty teen romance movies; just Twilight because they dared to put vampires in it. For me, that’s the only way to make an angsty teen romance watchable: Mixing it up with another genre.
So my recommendation is to check this out, and fuck you if you don’t like it.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Parts of it reminded me of Quarantine.
COINCIDENCES: (Zombie Strippers, Cabin Fever 2) 2 movies in the same week with diseased strippers.
Music: S.O.D. – Milano Mosh (live)