We all remember the controversy that surrounded the production of Cabin Fever 2, where director Ti West was met with overwhelming studio-interference, to the point that he tried to have his name removed from the project. I don’t have the second film, but there is no denying that it is “bad”. Still, though it had a somewhat entertaining quality, even if it was a bastardized version of what it was originally intended. After that, there was always talk of a new sequel, and even a reboot, and now that a sequel has actually been produced, it seems as though, instead of making a film that connections to Patient Zero, like they originally intended, they’re going with a reboot of the series instead. Nevertheless, Patient Zero exists, so how does it stack up against the first two films? Well, it is definitely better than Spring Fever, but there is a catch. Almost all humor has been removed in favor of a more serious tone, and in some ways, that works for the better. Worthy of note, is that Cabin Fever: Patient Zero features some impressive practical gore effects, even though there still exists a few scenes of somewhat “bad” CGI. It is a sequel that has broad appeal, though as even my wife enjoyed it, and that’s pretty rare for a movie like this.
From the press release:
CAST: Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst, Currie Graham, Sean Astin
WRITTEN BY: Jake Wade WallDIRECTED BY: Kaare Andrews
SYNOPSIS: A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.
What I will say, though, is that you should not go into Patient Zero expecting it to be as nearly-perfect as Eli Roth’s first feature film was, because it is not. There are things holding it back from greatness, such as a few examples of amateurish acting, which is unfortunately something you’ll just have to learn to love with indie-studio flicks like this. The star of the show here, though, is Sean Astin, continuing to build upon his horror-cred. He does a great job here, so I’m glad to see that his horror career is continuing, as it was just announced that he is set to star in Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, another horror sequel in-the-works. The rest of the cast doesn’t do a terrible job, and some of it might even be as simple as poorly-written dialogue. It never becomes bad enough to take you out of the film, there are just a few scenes that may or may not make you cringe at the delivery. As I said, though, even my wife enjoyed the movie, and she can’t stand really bad indie stuff generally, so please don’t be afraid to give it a chance, because there is a lot to love about this straight-to-video sequel.
Image Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero features an AVC-encoded 1080p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The video quality is nice and clear, grainy when it needs to be, but overall impressive. The Audio is presented in in the form of a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, and equally impressive. This is a new-release film, so you’re not going to run into many transfer issues in most cases. The video and audio quality does what it needs to do. Where this release is lacking, is that there isn’t a single bonus feature included on this disc. Nothing. I’m used to that when it comes to catalog releases from a budget label, but not on new release films. We don’t even get a theatrical trailer, no deleted scenes, not even a quick promotional behind-the-scenes fluff job. I wanted to make that known before I recommend people pick the disc up, because it shocked me when I realized that myself. Despite that, I will still recommend that fans of the series, and fans of gory, practical-effects driven horror give the disc a buy, as the film itself justifies the low cost of the disc. You may buy a copy for yourself by clicking the amazon link below the review.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Blu-ray)15.99
- - Decent Sequel
- - Practical Gore
- - Sean Astin
- - Great PQ/AQ
- - Complete Lack Of Extras