Cabin Fever 2 has been threatened for so long, you have to wonder whether or not it actually exists. It seems like we’re getting closer to seeing the long-delayed sequel to the 2002 Eli Roth film, but the question today is whether or not it’s actually worth seeing. If director Ti West is to be believed, it doesn’t sound like it.
/Film learned via a Q&A with the director that Lionsgate seized control of the sequel and recut the film without West’s approval. West told the audience he was aiming for a John Waters feel or Todd Solondz style (which I assume means lots of perverse sex and disgusting bodily fluids – sounds good to me!), but the studio had other ideas. They removed his heart and star wipes, among other things, resulting in a far less esoteric film.
Too bad. If Lionsgate is shucking Cabin Fever 2 direct to Blu-ray and DVD, why do they care? I never understood why even direct-to-video features are so heavily sanitized when the market is much more niche. I guess the ultimate concern is making sure the Blockbuster customers don’t object too much, which is a shame. I’ll be curious to see the end result, but West’s edit sounds much more interesting.
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