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Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever – 5

Director – Ti West

Cast – Noah Segan, Alexi Wasser, Rusty Kelley, Marc Senter, Giuseppe Andrews, Mark Borchardt, Michael Bowen, Regan Deal, Judah Friedlander, Rider Strong

Release Year – 2009

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever is a film I had been looking forward to for quite some time.  After enjoying director Ti West’s The House of the Devil I was curious to see how he would execute a film that by its subject matter alone tends to lead towards the gory side of things.  Well, after this film’s completion in 2007 it sat on the shelf for two years before finally releasing in 2009, and with less than favorable results.  The film went through numerous edits and re-shoots, resulting in a final product that Ti West did not want his name attached to.  While I did find some enjoyable scenes in this film, the mess created is obvious, and makes for a mediocre watch in the end.
After the events of the first film, the flesh-eating virus makes its way to the bottling plant of a popular water company.  The bottled water then makes its way to the local high school, who is celebrating their prom that very night.  Sure enough, the virus takes effect as the town’s young folks are congregated at the school’s gymnasium, which leads to mass panic and bloody results.

Don’t you just hate it when a film starts off so well, then finishes so poorly?  That is the case with Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, and it brings a sad realization of just how badly producers can screw up a film.  I am not saying that Ti West’s original project would have been awesome, but seeing some of the re-shoots that the producers added proved to be the worst scenes in the film, so I think I have a point.

Story-wise this flick had a lot of promise, but the story is what ultimately dragged this watch down from a positive rating.  The idea of a virus in the water has been done before, and an outbreak at a prom dance has been done before(Dance of the Dead), but I accepted those ideas because this is not a zombie outbreak, but an infection that does not transform people physically, just something that eats away at you and causes mass panic.  While this idea played out well, we get quite a few plot holes and some downright ridiculous scenes that should have never been filmed and did nothing to move the film.  This is exactly the case with the closing sequence, which was downright ridiculous in that it focuses on a mere side character that we minutely see at the beginning of the film, and completely abandons the main characters of the film entirely.  To make matters worse, producers have touted that the film STARS Rider Strong, but beware :SPOILER: he is only in the first minute of the film.  Yeah, sleazy producers.

As far as direction goes Ti West did a formidable job with this otherwise crappy film.  His unique camera work added a cool feel to the film that I did not expect, and his musical score is groovy as hell.  For a horror film I usually do not prefer such musical scores, but for what this film was and Ti West’s way of execution it did not harm the film in any way.  Going into this watch I expected a gory mess, and for the most part that is what we get.  West thankfully relies on live-action gore instead of the lame CGI gore we see nowadays, and his panic and chaos is well executed.  Sadly to say, I really hope that West’s future films do not suffer the producer-induced embarrassment this film went though.

Overall, this is a mediocre watch that started off well but crashed and burned thanks to the ridiculous antics of the film’s producers.  The action is good and gory, but the story suffers from many plot holes and scenes so useless this film never had a chance.

Rating: 5/10

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