Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever in 2002 was a great, weird, totally gory horror fest that was a lot of fun. It took 7 years for the cult hit to get a sequel but despite being helmed by the excellent Ti West, it was a horrible film that even West wanted his name removed from. Which brings us another 5 years to present day and yet another sequel, this time directed by director Kaare Andrews.
A group of friends on a bachelor party cruise in the Caribbean decide to party on a remote and seemingly uninhabited island. While roaming the island they discover an abandoned lab that contains a deadly and highly contagious flesh eating virus that quickly spreads among the group leaving them to not only find a way to escape the island but to do so before they all become infected.
Based on some good word of mouth and a well put together trailer I was quite looking forward to Cabin Fever Patient Zero but much to my dismay, aside from some fantastic makeup work, this is a run of the mill outbreak flick with few surprises. Every character is stock and played by a less than stellar actor (except for a brief role by Sean Astin) and once the movie is over all that is really going to be remembered are some cool gore FX. Which is a shame; this could have been a great opportunity to revitalize a potential franchise.
The Blu-ray from Anchor Bay is slick and clean with nice colors and clarity, especially considering the film’s budget. While Cabin Fever Patient Zero strikes out on the story and acting front, at the very least you get to check out some of the best gore makeup in quite some time.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.