Notable Cast: Noah Segan, Alexi Wasser
Review: Wow, this sequel doesn’t really do anything right. If you’ve seen The House of the Devil, you know Ti West’s full potential and should NOT base any judgement on Cabin Fever 2 alone. Although his influence is heavily established by tremendous gore, his 80’s throwback look, and some puzzling editing cuts; the film fails on a ton of levels. There’s no thrills like in Eli Roth’s cult classic original for one. Just a bunch of trapped high schoolers with no choice but to die. There’s really no climax or suspense, just seemingly forced down time until people start puking. Oh, and there’s plenty of it. The expulsion of bodily fluids is fake but disgusting at the same time, as West tries to gross you out any chance he gets. I’ll admit he got me to squirm a bit, but overall Cabin Fever 2 depended too heavily on its gross out tactics. That’s all it had to offer the viewer. The story was just as stale as the poison water in the movie, the acting was what you would expect from a bunch of young no names stuck in a direct to DVD sequel of a delayed film, and there was absolutely NO fun to be had. The final cut came off as a college art house project directed by some punk trying to make a name for himself. There was a total lack of inspiration that made every action seem horribly phoned in; like West knew halfway through what a mess he was involved in and just tried to trudge through it. I can’t say I was truly disappointed by the outcome because I didn’t expect much in the first place. But to drift even lower than my insanely low horror tolerance line, you know something must be wrong if I HATE a horror film. Cabin Fever was a great film about a camping trip gone wrong. Cabin Fever 2 was it’s terrible cash in attempt of a sequel that makes the original look like the greatest horror film of all time. I’m ashamed that Ti West has his name attached to this steaming pile, but I can only assume he did what he could with such a minimally boring plot. Not even pools full of bile and gore could save this B-classic wanna-be. Two thumbs WAY down.
Netflix Rating: 1/5