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Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (DVD)

Cabin Fever 2: Spring BreakReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Noah Segan, Marc Senter, Alexi Wasser, Giuseppe Andrews, Rusty Kelley

Directed by Ti West. Sort of.

Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment


It’s been a long, arduous road for Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever to see the light of day. For those not playing along … as a result of a dispute with the producers, director Ti West walked off the film just as post-production had begun, leaving them with all of his shot footage. Having seen his first cut, the powers-that-be thought the flick should go in a different direction. Said direction would be the opposite of where West was willing to go. So how did it all turn out? Before we get to that, let’s take a look at the story.

In a brief opening cameo Rider Strong reprises his character of Paul from Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever to start things off with a bang, and that’s exactly what happens. As you know by now if you saw the original film, the disease has found its way into the water supply, and a bottling company is distributing it. The delivery truck’s first stop? The local high school, which is gearing up for prom. It’s then that we’re introduced to the film’s protagonists and villains, who all in one way or another have to deal with an upcoming gory outbreak. We’re also introduced to a really weird government containment plot twist and the return of Cabin Fever‘s Deputy Winston, who shows up, much like in the first flick, to do pretty much nothing.

Cabin Fever 2: Spring BreakDespite the paper thin plot (or lack thereof), all of these strange pieces of cinema actually work together to deliver a fairly competent and extremely violent gross-out flick. At its heart Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever is a fun-filled little experience with great music and one of the best opening title sequences we’ve seen in a while. But, man, does it have its problems, the main one being that despite having all of a director’s footage, you cannot successfully put together a film without his input. What we have here is a Ti West film without Ti West, and it plays exactly as such. Imagine if chef Bobby Flay gave you all the components of a great meal. Does that mean you can cook it better than he can? No.

The producers also saw fit to shoot an additional six-minute ending for the film that feels so out of place and tacked on that it nearly sucks the life and fun out of everything you just watched. Not a wise choice at all. Still, despite the uneven editing and really horrid decision-making that this film suffers from, you can sort of grasp what West was going for, and even with his lack of input some of that still shines through, making this a barely above average experience instead of the good one that it should have been.

In terms of special features more or less all we get are two featurettes highlighting the main thing that Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever has going for it — its gore. Holy shit, was there a lot of it. This flick is all about going too far, and from that standpoint it completely succeeds.

In the end this movie should stand as a prime example for producers to learn from: If you hire a director to make a movie for you, you really should consider putting your egos aside and letting him or her finish the job. Too many cooks really can spoil the pot or, in this flick’s case, bring down the temperature far enough so that your supposed fever ends up running inappropriately cold.

Special Features

  • Making-of featurtte
  • Gore reel

    Film:

    3 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    14 Comments

    1. Saw this for the first time recently. Much preferred it to Eli Roth’s first attempt (which I didn’t like all too much)! It’s a mess, but one that had my friends and I howling with laughter the whole journey through. I agree with the rating.

      • That’s being generous. This doesn’t even deserve to have a review. I don’t get why everyone is absolving Ti West of the blame for this abomination. Is there such desperation to believe that there are good genre director’s out there? This movie was all his. He shot the whole thing. There wasn’t a single good thing about. No good gore, no interesting plot developments, not a single nuance of the performances. It was all shit.

        The House of the Devil might even be worse though.

        • Even if you didn’t like House of the Devil, you can’t seriously believe it’s worse than this. That’s sheer ridiculousness. At least house of the devil had a plot and a good ending, this is a non-movie. It’s the black hole of horror movies. It’s black matter. It’s non existent filmmaking.

    2. I haven’t seen “Cabin Fever” in a while, but didn’t Winston and Rider Strong die at the end of the movie? And they’re somehow returning in part 2?

      • **** Spoiler ****

        Neither Winston or Rider Strong’s character die at the end, so it makes sense that they’re back.

        **** End Spoiler ****

    3. You were much too kind. “Spring Fever” was an incoherent, moronic, ridiculous piece of shit. When the actual director is distancing himself from this movie, it’s quite obvious the movie is just a disaster. I haven’t been so miserable since watching the original.

      Ti West has struck out two times with me. He has one more shot.

      • As you said, Ti has disavowed his involvement in Cabin Fever 2 so it’s not really fair to judge it as a “Ti West film”. If that’s one of your two strikes, then he definitely deserves at least one more shot (if not, in fact, two). Have you still not seen House of the Devil? I’d be willing to bet he’ll redeem himself with that one.

        But yeah, I agree UC was too kind. 2, maybe 2 1/2 is the absolute highest I could go.

        • I’m going to see House of the Devil tomorrow, so that (for me at least) will decide if Ti West is someone I should invest my time in anymore. I mean The Roost was a bust and Cabin Fever 2 was just trash (to me), so I’m just about done giving him the benefit of the doubt. I’m quite interested in House of the Devil, though. We’ll see how that pans out.

          I’d have given this one knife.

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