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Wed 10 Mar, 2010
By Robert Ingham

This isn’t even a “so bad it’s good” movie, with its grainy scenes and a cast from the Worst Rejects School of Acting.

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Cabin Fever 2 : Spring Fever

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Who caught the deliciously dark and tongue-in-cheek horror of 2002’s Cabin Fever, a claustrophobic film detailing the effects of a flesh-eating virus descending through the water supply onto a group of unsuspecting friends partying down in the woods? Who grimaced as one girl shaved her legs, taking not just the hair, or the un-nerving scene where the hero makes love to said girl, only to find that all is not well “down below”? After the huge success of the original, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to cash in and pitch it to the film company with promises of “more gorgeous people, more blood, more gore, better costumes!”

Fast forward 8 years and it seems that all is still not well, as the virus has made its way into bottled water destined for a high school where Prom Night is just around the corner.

And that’s really all you need to know about this truly atrocious film.

What starts out as an interesting concept, say Cabin Fever meets Carrie, quickly goes off the rails with bad acting, bad writing and bad directing. This isn’t even a “so bad it’s good” movie, with its grainy scenes and a cast from the Worst Rejects School of Acting.

I thought “what did I expect”? Sequels are (almost) always worse than their originals but even this stooped to a new low, with holes in the plot bigger than the ones on the kids. This should have been so much better but with the categorically unnecessary inclusion of a (mis)cast member from the original in an utterly unbelievable role this film gets worse and worse.

For those who like their gross out scenes there are some which will keep you happy. Puss filled penises, bloody bodily functions and mutilations are all up there, but it feels the film was written around these scenes and as a result the rest of the film spirals downwards.

What is so maddening is that this film has an excellent premise but, apart from the special effects, gets everything so very wrong. What could have been a brilliant sequel is squandered by a team with poor skills.

See if you must but don’t say you weren’t warned. Not even alcohol will numb your frustration!


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