Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, that I wrote back in 2014:
"The original Cabin Fever (2002) annoyed the hell of us to the point that we nearly walked out of the Theater before it was over. Not sure why, it just rubbed us the wrong way. When we revisited it on DVD a year or so later, we didn't hate it quite so much. Eventually, Cabin Fever grew on us, and it became one of our favorite Genre flicks of the 2000's.
In 2010, Ti West directed the sequel, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. The film's producers and executives re-shot and re-edited so much of the movie, that Ti West petitioned to have his name removed from the credits, and replaced with the infamous Alan Smithee moniker. No matter who is truly to blame for this one, the fact remains that it's a mess of a movie."
I include that snippet because I didn't want to say the exact same thing here, using different words. Plus, I think I'm allowed to plagiarize myself if I want to. If not, I'll probably end up going to prison.
Fast forward to 2014, and there was another Cabin Fever sequel on the horizon, and given our poor initial reaction to the first movie, and how bad the 2nd was one, we new dread. Oddly enough though, we actually enjoyed Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (read our review HERE) for what it was; a gory, bloody, fun, guilty pleasure of a good time.
With that track record, we weren't exactly yearning for a new entry into the Cabin Fever series, and in no way were we ever expecting a remake of the original... and yet here we are, having just watched that ill-advised remake, and we're left asking ourselves "Why us?"
At least this butthole of a cash grab should be the end of the series. At least there's that.
Cabin Fever: Five friends head to a cabin in the woods to celebrate their college graduation, when they fall victim to a savage, flesh-eating virus that causes them to turn on each other in fear of becoming infected.
That's all you really need to know, and that's all I really want to say.
|THIS IS HOW WE FELT AFTER WATCHING THIS MOVIE.|
It's a serviceable movie in its own right; it boasts some sharp cinematography, the locations were great, and the gore was plentiful and handled fairly well. It also follows the plot of the movie almost to a T, although much of it was changed and played differently.
Gone though is the bizarre and quirky oddness that made the original so weirdly good. Also gone is the dark humor that made it so wickedly (and mindlessly) fun. Most importantly to us, gone are the likable actors that stood out in the original, each in their own way, replaced with a gang of generically good-looking and nearly interchangeable stand-ins.
|HOLD ON, GIRL, WE'RE NOT DONE YET.|
They used the same script, but there are scenes from the original that have been omitted completely; some of the scenes are handled differently; and there are new scenes and elements that aren't in the original at all.
I don't think they know what shot-for-shot actually means.
|WHAT FUCKERY IS THIS?!?|
And the inclusion of selfies, posting pics to Facebook, and the "OMG, we have no wifi!" or "OMG, I want to play my video games!" was just annoying, and felt like pandering.
Overall, this movie lacked the humor, style, tone, and quality of the original.
|THEY COULD HAVE AT LEAST SHOWN THE DOG RIPPING HER APART OR SOMETHING.|
|YEP, STILL WET AND MESSY.|
|SPECTACULAR, I SAY.|
|"I JUST WANT IT TO BE OVER." US TOO DARLIN. US TOO.|
If you have seen the original, then go watch it again, and forget that this tripe even exists.
Rent it at your own peril.
Cabin Fever is available now on VOD.
Gage Golightly, Nadine Crocker, and Louise Linton were pleasant to look at.